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Trust boosts clinical research in West Midlands

Wye Valley NHS Trust has been named as one of the NHS Trusts helping to boost clinical research in the West Midlands, in a new league table of figures published this month. 

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network published its annual league table figures on October 21, revealing an increase in clinical research activity at several Trusts in the West Midlands.

The league table, now in its fifth year, details the number of clinical research studies undertaken by each individual trust, and the number of patients who volunteered to take part in clinical research.

During April 2014 to March 2015, 235 patients volunteered to take part in clinical research studies at Wye Valley NHS Trust, which is an increase of 23 per cent from last year.  Clinical research enables doctors to gather evidence about new treatments, in order to improve patient care in the NHS.

There are a wide range of research studies taking place at the Trust, including patient drugs, cancer, stroke, heart disease and skin disease studies.

Emma Rowan, research manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We’re very pleased to be named as one of the NHS Trusts boosting research figures in the West Midlands, in the recent league table published by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network.

“This reflects the work underway at this Trust to raise awareness of the importance of clinical research studies and to encourage patients to get involved in the studies being undertaken locally.

“We are committed to supporting research to provide the very best care and develop new treatments to benefit out patients locally and across the country”.

If you are a patient and would like to find out about taking part in clinical research at Wye Valley NHS Trust, please ask the Trust clinician treating you when you next visit the hospital.

Information about Trust research is also available by visiting (click on services and research) or email


Note to editor:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.For further information please contact:

For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444  ext. 5105.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


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