More Berkshire patients than ever are taking part in vital health research

Posted on: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More patients than ever in Berkshire are taking part in crucial medical research.

As many as 7,977 people have been participating in various studies including new drug trials, keeping treatment diaries and using new equipment.

A total of 183 studies took place in NHS institutions across Berkshire in the last year (2016/17).

This compares to the 180 research studies completed in 2015/16, which covered conditions such as cancer, diabetes and mental health.

Almost 1,000 more people took part in these studies this compared with the last.

The research was administered by two NHS trusts, The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) and The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Executive members of the RBFT, The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the LCRN are celebrating the figures.

Dr Atul Kapila, research and development director at the RBFT, said: "Our role in research is really important to us.

"Evidence shows that research activity is linked to better patient outcomes and this year's league tables show that we are sustaining our high level of research studies.

"The team is committed to encouraging more patients, carers and staff to participate and our collaboration with Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit and the CRN will help us to continue to drive research forward."

The clinical trials unit is a joint venture between the University of Reading and the two health care trusts.

Stephen Zingwe, research and development manager at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The strategy to increase research activity across the trust is being met through our strong collaborative links with University of Reading, our local CRN and other partners.

"We have a dedicated research delivery team working tirelessly across services to recruit patients, carers and staff to health research. Trust-wide clinicians are also playing a huge part by encouraging patients, carers and staff interested in taking part in research to ask about it."

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