According to an independent national poll published earlier this year, 82% of the public believe it is important for the NHS to offer opportunities to take part in healthcare research. Promoting the chance to take part in clinical research is also one of the pledges contained in the NHS Constitution, and patients have a right to take part in a clinical research study if they meet its criteria.
The national league table for research delivery
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is committed to making NHS research delivery performance transparent and visible, so that healthcare professionals and patients can see how well the pledge in the NHS Constitution is being delivered.
With this in mind, we have published league tables and heat maps of research activity for all the Trusts in England on the Guardian online NIHR Clinical Research Network Partner Zone. The league tables not only show which NHS Trusts are delivering the most studies overall in England, but also show the leading Trust in the different categories across the NHS. Click on the button to access the league table.
NOTE: Activity data are taken from the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio, a national database of commercial and non-commercial studies that meet specific Department of Health eligibility criteria and which are supported by the Clinical Research Network. The data relate to the full year beginning 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. Trust names are taken from the Organisation Data Service Codes - unique identification codes for organisational entities across the NHS.
It is important to note that different Trusts have different capacities and this data does not take into account developments over recent months.
Spread of research activity in each NHS Trust - view each Trust's vital statistics
In addition to the league tables, we have split down the data on the number of studies each Trust delivered in the 2011/12 period, and the number of patients recruited, by therapy area. This gives a greater level of detail, and allows healthcare professionals and the public to see their areas of strength when it comes to research, and also areas where they may wish to consider boosting the level of research activity. Use the vital statistics button to access the research healthcheck tool, select an individual NHS Trust and discover that Trust's vital statistics when it comes to clinical research.Are you having difficulties using this file? It could be due to your macro settings within Excel. Please ensure that within the ‘Development’ tab in Excel 2007 and under ‘Macro Security’, your ‘Macro Settings’ are set to ‘Enable all macros’.