More patients accessing new treatments in East Lancashire

Date: 04 August 2017

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Pictured: Fiona Clarke Consultant in Obs and Gynae and Principal Investigator for GEM 3, Andrea Parkinson EPU Nurse Sonographer, Bev Hammond Co-ordinating Research Midwife for GEM 3.

 

More than 1,600 participants were given access to new and better treatments through participation in clinical research in East Lancashire in the past year, according to figures published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The latest statistics, which show a 10 per cent increase in clinical research participants to 1,642, is welcome news for research staff and volunteers at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT).

In addition, the number of research studies in East Lancashire rose by 16 per cent during the last 12 months, to a record high of 92 active studies in the year ending March 2017.

“What’s happening here in East Lancashire is really impressive,” said ELHT's Clinical Director for Research and Development, Dr Anton Krige.

“The increase in the number of clinical research participants 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 East Lancashire and across the country.

“To have 92 research studies in the last year, including women’s health, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, and so many health professionals making research part of their day-to-day activities can only be good news for the health of the country.”

One research study in which East Lancashire is the national leader is the GEM3 study into additional therapies for ectopic pregnancies. Women’s Health researchers based at Burnley General Teaching Hospital successfully recruited seven (7) volunteers for the study, the highest of all hospitals in the UK.

Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said: “Overall, 65 per cent of trusts nationally and 93 per cent of trusts in Greater Manchester increased their research activity in 2016-17, demonstrating the growing appetite for research within the NHS.

“We must continue to invest in the opportunities that clinical research presents, by looking at more innovative ways of delivery and making better use of digital advancements in the health and care sector.”

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    More than 1,600 participants were given access to new and better treatments through participation in clinical research in East Lancashire in the past year, according to figures published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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