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Research at Leicester’s Hospitals in top ten
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Press release date05/07/2019
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New figures released by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for 2018/19 show that Leicester’s Hospitals are performing well in the research department.
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Nigel Brunskill - Director of Research and Development
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Last year, 13,197 people took part in research studies and clinical trials across the Trust’s three sites, putting Leicester’s Hospitals in the top ten for largest increase in research participation of all Trusts across England. The actual increase was more than 3,000 participants compared to last year (2017/18).


Professor Nigel Brunskill, Director of Research and Innovation at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “The increase in the number of research participants is a testament to the hard work and dedication of staff, not just in research but across the hospitals, who are passionate about delivering the best care for our patients. If we can offer patients the opportunity to try new treatments, medicines and care pathways then it is clear under the NHS constitution this is what we must do.


“I would like to thank the 13,197 participants who have given up their time to help us develop new and better ways to care for patients, both now and in the future. Every single person who takes part in research is making a contribution to changing lives to enable people to live longer and more healthily.”


Last year, Leicester’s Hospitals had 318 trials available to take part in. The intention is to increase this year-on-year to include a greater range of disease areas and incorporate advances in personalised medicines, with treatments tailored to the individual based on their genes and the environment in which they live.


Geoff was a participant in a genetic study called EXCEED, which is a long term study that compares genetic data with medical histories. He said: “I would say that people considering taking part should say yes if they can. You are performing a useful service doing this, and it’s interesting to be involved, and so I would say why not join in?!”


For more information about how to take part in research, visit www.leicestersresearch.nhs.uk/getinvolved or ask your clinician at your next appointment if there are studies taking place that are suitable for you.


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Contact information:
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Rachael Dowling
Research communications manager
0116 2584971
rachael.dowling@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6845
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