Monday 15 October 2012

Research and your local NHS

We need to push the NHS to make sure that research opportunities are explained to patients.

Please cut and paste the following and check with your local Trust and new Clinical Commissioning Groups to make sure that they are complying with their duty and reporting activity.

All NHS Trusts have a duty, through the NHS Constitution, to promote opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research studies. 

The National Institute for Health Research provides support for the delivery clinical research trials in the NHS in England, and there are now new measures of how individual Trusts are delivering on that duty across the different therapy areas.


1. How many clinical research studies the Trust took part in last year 2011/12? And currently?
2. How many patients it recruited as a Trust?

3. How much research is being done across a range of medical conditions?

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are committed to promoting patient recruitment to and participation in research according to section 4.2.2 of the authorisation process.

A statement we might expect to see from CCGs 

“We declare that our CCG understands and will comply with our statutory responsibilities regarding promoting research; and that we are committed to following the policy of ensuring that the NHS needs the treatment costs for patients who are taking part in research funded by Government and research charity partner organisations”

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