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 3
For this quarter the percentage of research studies meeting the initiating research benchmark was 57% (range 24-191 days.
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 will 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.
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.
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.
Research contact details
Research and Development, Ashley Solieri - 01268 524900 ext 4673
Site Co-ordinator, Jean Byrne - 01268 524900 ext 3667
Commercial Manager, Christine Mitchell-Inwang - 01268 524900 ext 4674
Research Management and Governence, Raiji Koothoor - 01268 524900 ext 1154
Data Manager, Hazel Chitty - 01268 524900 ext 1715
Please address post to:
Research and Development, Education Centre
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
If you are currently participating in a clinical trial and need to urgently speak to a member of the Research Team outside the hours of 9am to 5pm, please telephone 01268 524900 and ask the switchboard operator to speak with the Research and Development out-of-hours contact.
Information for Investigators, Researchers and Industry
The Trust is responsible for overseeing all the research which takes place on our hospital sites in so far as it involves our patients, their data or tissues, or where it uses NHS facilities and staff at Basildon University Hospital, the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and Orsett Hospital.
Most research is undertaken by collaboration between academic and commercial sponsors with our Clinical Research Unit (CRU). The Unit is also heavily involved in contributing towards the delivery of National Portfolio Research that is supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Networks (CRNs). Our multidisciplinary CRU is made up of many skilled professionals - medics, clinical research nurses, pharmacists, technicians and data managers, for example - and the work could not be done without them.
The CRU offers investigators support in research design, statistics and health economics, performance, project and data management, ethical advice and experienced research nurse support. We do everything we can to make it easier for you.
We host over a hundred active recruiting trials at any one time, and consent over a thousand new patients each year. We have active research programmes, and clinical collaborators, in all specialties.
The Research and Development (R&D) Department provides a corporate management function in the Trust and acts as 'gate keeper' and 'monitor' to all research activity, ensuing all research runs safely and efficiently without negatively affecting the quality of care for our patients. All research must be registered with the Department, and requires NHS Permission in accordance with the NHS Research Governance Framework before it can be carried out on our site.
We are an established CRO (Contract Research Organisation) and offer a lean, streamlined R&D approval process to all our researchers.
Research in the Trust is managed according to the Research Management & Governance Manual available from the document library.
RDS-EoE- the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England (RDS-EoE); a source of expert support and advice for researchers
RDInfo - support for health-related researchers
RDLearning - offers details of health related research training courses
RD Direct - a signposting service for all researchers working in health and social care setting
UKCRN Portfolio - a searchable database of all UK Clinical Research Network studies
Essex & Hertfordshire CLRN - information on the UKCRN Comprehensive Local Research Network
IRAS - the Integrated Research Applications Service (IRAS) is the NHS research application portal
Research Governance Framework - sets out the national requirements for the conduct of NHS research