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Research and Development (R&D)

Our mission is to improve patient welfare and outcomes by quality research into healthcare practices.

We are dedicated to making healthcare research both relevant and accessible to the public, patients and their carers. For more information about what research is going on at the Trust please contact the Research and Development Department.

Get involved in research at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals

Medical research is invaluable to help us understand how to diagnose and treat health problems. But it isn't just about drugs trials and testing new therapies. Patients answering a few extra questions or giving a blood sample can contribute enormously to important, international research projects.

Performance in Initiating and Delivering 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. The aim is to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research.

The Government’s Plan for Growth announced the transformation of incentives at local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of research.

From 2014 Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS FT Research and Development (R&D) will publish clinical research outcomes against two public benchmarks:

  • Initiating research – the time R&D takes setting-up a research study; <70 days from the time we receive a valid research application to the time we recruit the first patient into that study
  • Delivering research – for commercial contract clinical trials hosted by us, the time we took to recruit our first patient to the study against our projected recruitment

2014 : Quarter 2

For this quarter the percentage of research studies meeting the initiating research benchmark was 60% (range 33-110 days).

Why is research important?

  • It helps us identify and understand the best treatments and advice for patients.
  • It improves patient care.
  • It increases our understanding of living with particular illnesses.

We have more than 1,000 new patients signing up to take part in research studies every year. We actively recruit to more than 100 trials at any time, across all departments within the Trust.

A research trial can involve anything from answering additional questions, to giving an extra blood sample, to being offered alternative medication to analyse its effect on your condition.

Often, drug trials will involve using existing medication to treat another condition.

At the Trust, we only undertake ethical projects, which are run by experienced and qualified research teams.

Before you agree to participate in any clinical trial, the details of the trial are explained in full. You are encouraged to take information about the research away with you to read and discuss you're your family and friends before making any decisions. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw from the trial at any time you wish– no questions asked.

How would I benefit?

Depending on the trial, and each one is different, you are likely to receive more investigations and monitoring of your symptoms and any associated problems. This could mean attending the hospital for a couple of extra appointments. You will also have a named nurse who you can contact at any time.

Potentially, you will also have access to treatment not currently available on the NHS. All of the research we are involved with is Phase III or IV. This means any drugs or therapies we are testing have been approved for use and have tried it before you. As with any treatment regime, this does not mean you won't experience side effects.

Even if you receive no personal benefit from taking part, there is the knowledge that you are helping the scientific community and future generations of patients.

Will I get paid?

You will not get paid to take part in the research but you may have any out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed.

How do I find out more?

The best way to find out what research projects are ongoing is to ask your doctor. Even if there are ongoing trials relating to your condition, there is strict inclusion and exclusion criteria and you may not be eligible .By speaking with your doctor about it first, they will be able to advise you.

We also need people to take part in some studies who are feeling well. If you are a visitor to hospital, rather than a patient, and want to get involved, please contact our Research and Development Department.

For any questions or further information, please call the Research and Development Department on 01268 524900 ext. 8902.

Case Study

Patient X has mesothelioma – a cancer of the outer lining of the lung that results in the build up of fluid in the space around the lungs. The fluid makes it difficult for the sufferer to breathe.

Patient X consented to participate in the MesoVATS clinical trial, which is designed to compare two different treatments to prevent the build up of this fluid.

Patient X comments: I would strongly encourage others to participate in research at the Trust. Taking part in the study has given me access to treatment otherwise not available on the NHS, as well as regular contact with a dedicated research professional. I have had greater access to information about my condition too.

Useful links

Involve - a national advisory group that promotes greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. INVOLVE is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Patient Advice and Liaison Service  - provides confidential, on-the-spot support and advice, helping patients and their relatives to sort out any concerns they may have about the care provided at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 11:41

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