Safe, effective care through research

Welcome to the research pages of this website. 

Each year, over a thousand East Lancashire patients volunteer to help design or take part in a clinical research study. We're looking for the safest and most effective ways of caring for patients and treating disease. It's thanks to all the patients who say yes to research that we're able to do this. Our researchers design and carry out clinical research studies, and work with patient and public representatives, and our university and industry partners, to help develop the treatments of the future. 

Choosing research

If you're a patient at the hospital, the people caring for you will check your hospital records and might ask if you'd like to join a research study. Whether to take part is your decision. We hope that the information on this website will help you to decide what is right for you. Your treatment and care will not be affected if you decide not to take part.

Our researchers

The researchers at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust are the same health professionals who look after patients in the Trust. They understand the need for the best evidence about new treatments and ways of providing care. Our researchers come from all clinical areas. They contribute to national and international studies and design and carry out their own research. Many are active in local, regional and national research groups.

If you would like further information about the work of our researchers, please contact the Research and Development (R&D) Department.

Download the latest edition of our Research newsletter.

Contact us

For information on research at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, please contact the Research and Development (R&D) Department.

Research and Development
Level 3
Royal Blackburn Hospital
Haslingden Road

Tel: 01254 733 213 (internal extension 83213)
Fax: 01254 733 683 (internal extension 83683)


Women and Children's Health Research Team

Burnley General: 01282 803081, 01282 803319

Royal Blackburn: 01254 732650 

Generic Research Team

01254 732651, 01254 733213 

Cancer Research Team

01254 733299

Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team

 01254 734168 

Research and Development Office

 01254 733008