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Wye Valley NHS Trust helps recruit more than half a million patients into clinical research in the West Midlands

Press release – 21 June 2016

Wye Valley NHS Trust has been named as one of the hospitals in the West Midlands involved in recruiting more than half a million patients into clinical research.

The latest figures published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) confirm that the Clinical Research Network West Midlands is the highest recruiting Network in England.

The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS, and this research is delivered and supported by 15 local Networks.  In the last ten years the Network has recruited 544,115 participants into high quality studies across the West Midlands - 64,278 of these in the last 12 months; the highest in the country. 

In the last 12 months alone, the research team at Wye Valley NHS Trust has recruited more than 300 patients from Herefordshire to take part in clinical trials, as part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands. 

Emma Rowan, research manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “Clinical research is helping to improve treatments for patients across the NHS and is making a difference for many people who have a health condition or illness.  The research enables doctors and nurses to gather evidence about new treatments in order to improve care and treatment. 

“We work very closely with the National Institute for Health Research who assist us in running new research studies locally and provide funding for dedicated research nurses in our hospital. 

“Our research team has recruited more than 2500 patients locally during the last 10 years to take part in clinical trials.  We are encouraging patients to ask their doctor or consultant about clinical research if they are interested in getting involved in research taking place in our hospitals”. 

There are more than 3,000 different studies available in the West Midlands across 30 health specialties. 

Network Clinical Director, Dr Jeremy Kirk commented: ‘It is a fantastic reflection of the hard work and enthusiasm of our dedicated staff and researchers within the Clinical Research Network West Midlands that we have recruited over 64,000 patients this year into portfolio studies, the largest number of any region in England.  Moreover, that since the formation of the NIHR 10 years ago we have recruited more patients than anyone else not only confirms our regional credentials as a research powerhouse, but has also meant that over half a million patients regionally have been recruited into high quality studies. 

“The more patients that we can encourage to take part in vital clinical research, the quicker the NHS can introduce new and better treatments for the benefit of all patients, as well as using NHS resources more efficiently”.                                                                                                 

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 Wye Valley NHS Trust research is also available by visiting (click on services and research) or email


Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • 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 £180 million, we employ around 3,000 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:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 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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