According to a 2013 consumer poll, commissioned by the NIHR Clinical Research Network, 79 per cent of people believe it is important for the NHS to carry out clinical research – whilst fewer than 3% think it is unimportant.
In fact, of those people who expressed a preference, 87 per cent would prefer to be treated in a hospital or surgery that does clinical research, if given a choice.
The national league table for clinical research delivery
The NIHR Clinical Research Network collects data on a large percentage of the clinical research that happens in the NHS in England, so we are able to give an annual picture of how much clinical research is happening, where, and involving how many patients.
We are committed to making this information visible and accessible to healthcare professionals, the research community, policy-makers and the general public, in order to reward success, increase the level of debate about clinical research delivery, and drive up the level of ambition across the NHS.
With this in mind, we publish an annual league table, in collaboration with The Guardian Online. It is the most comprehensive picture of clinical research activity available.
The league table shows the number of clinical research studies that took place in each NHS organisation over the last full year, and the number of patients who took part in studies. It also allows NHS organisations to compare their performance with that of other organisations of the same size and type.
As this year’s league table shows, the number of new studies delivered in the NHS has increased, and the number of patients engaged in research activity has hit an all-time high.
We’d like to congratulate all those in the NHS across England who have worked so hard to make this happen. And we’d like to thank all the patients, carers and service-users who took part in a clinical study in 2012/13, for helping us to deliver clinical research to improve treatments for everyone.
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 2012 to 31 March 2013. 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.
Go to the league table
Access our “annual statistics” factsheet on clinical research in the NHS in England below