Bradford Teaching Hospitals has supported clinical research for more than 20 years and in the last ten years research activity has increased dramatically (2006: 200 research projects ongoing, 2016: 450 research projects ongoing).
It is our ambition to increase our clinical research particularly in partnership with the biosciences and pharmaceutical industry in order to enhance our research reputation and deliver some of our national objectives but, more importantly to be at the forefront of healthcare research and increase the opportunities for our patients and staff to participate in high quality research to enable better patient outcomes and improved healthcare.
The Foundation Trust’s commitment to research and ambition to be a national leader is evident in our research strategy “Together, making research real - a research strategy that changes a city” (2016-2021).
Research takes place throughout the Foundation Trust and over the last ten years there has been investment in our research infrastructure notably the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) which was created in 2006/2007. The BIHR is a collaborative partnership between this Trust and other local NHS Trusts and primary care, as well as the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and York. It provides a critical mass of research expertise, a focus for our applied health research and provides accommodation for a large number of our non-clinical and clinical research teams.
As part of the BIHR facilities the Trust also has its own Clinical Research Facility which provides dedicated, high quality out-patient facilities for our researchers to conduct clinical research.
The BIHR also runs the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Network, and is host to the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Academy, which helps the organisation to achieve its commitment to provide the best quality and safety of care through both innovative research and then networking the spread of best practice across the region and beyond.
Performance in initiating and delivering Clinical Research
The Government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research with the aim to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research. As part of its research performance reporting to the Department of Health under the ˜Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research initiative', the Foundation Trust is required to publish information regarding:
- Its recruitment to clinical trials namely whether the 70-day benchmark to recruit first patient into the trial has been met (Performance in initiating clinical research).
- Its recruitment to time and target for commercial contract clinical trials (Performance in delivering clinical research).
The performance information for the Foundation Trust for the current financial year is given below in the tables. For further information regarding this please contact Dr Tracy Watson, General Manager (Research), T: 01274 -382342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.