The Trust is third in London for the number of patients it recruits into clinical research, successfully recruiting 11,835 people into clinical trials in 2013/14.
It also ranks 11th nationally out of 267 organisations, a league table released by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) shows.
These figures illustrate the rise in the amount of clinical research carried out in the NHS.
Paul Craven, Clinical Research Operations Manager for NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, said: “Imperial’s continued success in recruiting patients and volunteers into NIHR Portfolio studies reflects our success as an Academic Health Science Centre. We continue to attract increasing levels of external funding for high quality clinical and biomedical research projects which have the potential to translate new scientific insights into patient benefits.”
“We invest heavily in clinical research staff and infrastructure across all our sites, ensure funding is deployed efficiently, manage performance carefully and collaborate successfully with our peers. Imperial academics work closely with clinicians and patient groups to design studies appropriately, recruit participants and provide the best care. Our patients welcome the opportunity to participate in well-designed and well-managed studies.”
Markella Boudioni, Patient and Public Involvement Manager for NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, said: “Imperial’s success with patient recruitment is also attributed to the emphasis on providing clear and concise information to the patients. We have excellent patient and public involvement in refining proposals, protocols and participant materials which influence the overall quality of these projects.”
The league table, created by the NIHR and published on the Guardian Healthcare Network (Clinical Research Zone), shows the number of studies undertaken by each NHS Trust from April 2013 to March 2014, and the number of patients who volunteered to take part in clinical research.
Nationally, patient recruitment has now hit three million people in the past six years, with 600,000 of those being recruited in 2013/14.
Robina Coker, Clinical Director for the Clinical Research Network for North West London, hosted by the Trust, said: “I am delighted with the results; it is fantastic to see all the hard work being done in the region represented on the league table, and we hope to do even better in 2014/15.”
Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said: “It’s great to see a real appetite for research in London. I would like to thank all the patients and carers who have taken part in research, and thereby made a contribution to improving NHS treatments for everyone.”
How can I find out more?
The clinical research league table is available at: www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/annualstats
If you are a patient or carer who wants to learn more about clinical research, please visit: www.nhsresearch.org
For further information or interviews, please contact Peter Handford, PPI & Communications Officer for NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West London on email firstname.lastname@example.org