Bristol PCT tops primary care research league

NHS trusts in England have been ranked according to the number of research studies they undertake in league table released by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Research: NHS league table compiled
Research: NHS league table compiled

Data collected by the NIHR's clinical research network show that 99% of NHS trusts in England were involved in delivering research during 2011/12.

The table details the number of studies undertaken by each individual trust and the number of patients they recruited. The table categorises NHS Trusts into organisations with similar characteristics, such as primary care, mental health and ambulance trusts.

The NIHR said the table would allow researchers, healthcare professionals and the public to reflect on how well trusts are responding to the NHS Constitution’s pledge to promote research opportunities to patients.

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tops the table with 404 studies and 13,812 patients recruited between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012.

Bristol PCT tops the table for primary care organisations, with 42 studies and 5,636 patients recruited. Devon PCT, Cambridgeshire PCT, Wiltshire PCT and South Birmingham PCT also conducted a large number of studies.

Bassetlaw PCT was at the bottom of the table when compared to other PCTs, with two recruited studies and nine patients taking part.

Dr Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive of the NIHR's clinical research network, said that the vast amount of research undertaken by NHS Trusts over the past year ‘was a fantastic achievement’.

‘We know from recent polls that patients want to see the NHS do research, and they want the chance to get involved,’ Dr Sheffield said. ‘The league table helps us recognise the research commitment of NHS staff throughout England.’

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England and the DH's chief scientific advisor, said: ‘This data is encouraging but we need to keep pushing for research to have the profile it deserves with both doctors and their patients.’ 

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