BHP trusts top of league for clinical research recruitment

Our NHS founding partners have once again topped the NIHR Research Activity League table for the West Midlands.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) was the highest recruiting Trust in the region, with 16,393 participants joining 434 studies. It also featured in the top five Trusts nationwide for research activity in commercial studies, collaborating with industry partners on 119 studies.

In second place in the Midlands was Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWC), with 7,653 patients recruited to 183 studies.

Together, BHP’s NHS members have recruited more than 24,000 participants to 617 different studies.

Across the West Midlands, a record total of 73,920 people took part in clinical research – the most ever in a single year.

Joanne Plumb, Deputy Director of Research Development and Innovation at UHB, said: “At BHP, we are committed to helping our patients build healthier lives through access to research.

“The quantity and quality of research taking place across UHB and BWC’s six hospital sites is testament to the hard work and dedication of all staff, as well as the generosity of our patients agreeing to take part.

“By working closely with commercial and non-commercial partners, research across BHP is likely to lead to more and more patients benefitting from new and better treatments, particularly in innovative fields like cell and gene therapies.”

“This is the second year running that we have exceeded the 70,000 mark, beating our target by almost 10,100 recruits. Of the 15 Networks in England, we recruited the second highest number of participants in the Primary Care specialty and the fifth highest number of participants overall.

“Without all the selfless participants, we wouldn’t be able to find new and better treatments for patients in the future. It is also a fantastic reflection of the hard work and enthusiasm of our dedicated staff and researchers in the region – our thanks go to all of them.

“The increase in the number of patients taking part in clinical research last year and the improvements we are seeing in studies delivering to time and target are fantastic achievements that are contributing to better health and care outcomes in our region.”

Professor Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director of the Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN WM)

The 2018/19 NIHR Research Activity League Table details how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of Trusts, and involving how many participants. The League Table can be accessed from the website: www.nihr.ac.uk/nihrleaguetable