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.

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 Teaching Hospital
Haslingden Road
Blackburn
BB2 3HH

Tel: 01254 733213
Fax: 01254 733683
Email: Research@elht.nhs.uk

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

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.

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Get Involved

The success of clinical research depends heavily on the willingness of patients to get involved, either by taking part in a research study or by helping to design or carry out research.

Taking part in a research study

Many patients choose to take part in research. In doing so, they may gain access to new treatments, but often the choice to take part is driven by a desire to help current, or future patients, in a similar situation.

Here we answer questions about clinical research.

Helping to shape research

The best quality research involves patients and the public, helping researchers to develop and improve their ideas for research. It could be helping to design a research study, helping to write information about a research study that is easy for patients to understand, collecting research data, or helping to make decisions about which research studies should receive funding.

Here we provide links to organisations that support patients, the public and researchers to work together.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The NIHR is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR website explains how members of the public can get involved in clinical research.

Involve

The NIHR funds Involve which supports public involvement in NHS, public health and social research

People in Research

People in Research is an online national database that allows people to search for opportunities for public involvement in research.

Research explained

Clinical research starts with a question about the cause of disease or how best to provide care or treatment for patients. To gather the evidence to answer these questions, health professionals will carry out a research study.

What does it involve?

All clinical research involves the collection of information known as research data. The data is analysed, reviewed and published in medical journals. It may be the data from a single study or from a number of studies considered together, that will change how care and treatment is provided.

There are different types of clinical research study. Some involve in-depth interviews with patients about their experiences of disease or care. Others may look at new ways to test for the presence of disease. Clinical trials are research studies which look at new treatments to see whether they are safe and work well. They may also look at the use of current treatments when they are used in different ways or in different combinations.

Why is it important?

The NHS knows that research is important. It leads to new treatments for patients, changes the way healthcare is delivered, brings potential benefits for individual patients who take part in research studies and helps to improve the health of the nation overall.

That’s why research is part of the NHS constitution. It’s a commitment to the promotion, conduct and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population.

Where can I find out more?

To help navigate through the wealth of information on the internet, we've included a list of websites providing information about clinical research.

Performance data

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) asks NHS hospitals to publish performance data for their research studies. Data for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is published in the table below. 

For more information about NHS research performance, visit the NIHR website.

Initiating clinical research

How long it takes to set up research studies within our hospitals and for patients to begin to take part in those studies.

Delivering clinical research

Whether the agreed number of patients enter our research studies in the time expected.

2017-18

2017-18

Data for quarter 3, 2017-18

Data for quarter 2, 2017-18

Data for quarter 1, 2017-18

Data for quarter 3, 2017-18

Data for quarter 2, 2017-18

Data for quarter 1, 2017-18

2016-17

2016-17

Data for quarter 4, 2016-17

Data for quarter 3, 2016-17

Data for quarter 2, 2016-17

Data for quarter 1, 2016-17

Data for quarter 4, 2016-17

Data for quarter 3, 2016-17

Data for quarter 2, 2016-17

Data for quarter 1, 2016-17

2015-16

2015-16

Data for quarter 4, 2015-16

Data for quarter 3, 2015-16

Data for quarter 2, 2015-16

Data for quarter 1, 2015-16

Data for quarter 4, 2015-16

Data for quarter 3, 2015-16

Data for quarter 2, 2015-16

Data for quarter 1, 2015-16

2014-15

2014-15

Data for quarter 4, 2014-15

Data for quarter 3, 2014-15

Data for quarter 2, 2014-15

Data for quarter 4, 2014-15

Data for quarter 3, 2014-15

Data for quarter 2, 2014-15

Support for your research study

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network supports a portfolio of clinical research studies. For any study that is eligible or applying for Network support, dedicated advisors can help with study feasibility, regulatory approvals, site identification, costings, and set up and delivery to time and target.

Click here for more information on study support

Who are the NIHR? #WeAreNIHR

 A new video has been released to explain who is the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and what it does. The video features people from across the NIHR who are working towards improving the health and wealth of the nation through research.

Watch the video or find out more by visiting the NIHR website.

I Am Research

I Am Research encourages everyone to get involved in health research.

Taking part in health research helps develop new treatments, improve the NHS and save lives. And the evidence shows that research active trusts have better outcomes for patients, even those not taking part in a research study.
Every health and social care professional can be a researcher, promote the benefits of clinical research and help patients to take part.

Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway to find out what research is taking place locally or get involved in the campaign by visiting the NIHR website.