Introduction to research

What is research?

More knowledge is required in all areas of healthcare in order to gain a clearer understanding of disease and how it is managed. We need to conduct studies to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of treatments which in turn will lead to improved prevention, earlier and better diagnosis as well as more effective standards of treatment.

Research is not just about testing new medicines – it involves all studies that could improve care quality and experience for our patients.  There are a variety of studies within the trust that you may be able to take part in. This may range from simple questionnaires or surveys, to new treatment options and medicines. Participation may include providing blood/urine samples, taking new medications or being observed with on-going illness.

Our motto is that “today’s research is tomorrow’s care”. Research is essential, and all current treatments are the result of research in the past. As a trust, we are committed to offering our patients opportunities to participate in, and get involved with, research.

Who is research for?

Research is for everyone! We offer research opportunities across a wide range of clinical specialties at the Trust, and further information is available on this website about research studies currently open to recruitment. Participants in research are normally patients who have existing health conditions, but we also recruit to studies that require healthy volunteers.

We passionately believe that all patients have the right to participate in relevant research studies. As routine, our patients are contacted about relevant research opportunities. However, it is OK to ask your healthcare professional for relevant information. 

How can I get involved?

We list all of our studies that are open to recruitment at the trust on this website, to help you to identify relevant research opportunities and learn more about our activities.

We also strongly advocate active involvement in research, where people are not just the subjects of research but are working with researchers to plan, manage, carry out and present research.

Involvement can include:

  • Joining our Research Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Forum
  • Sharing your own experience to help us improve the research process
  • Review and advise on usefulness of the patient information for new studies we are sponsoring
  • Contribute to the decisions on which projects get funded by the Joint Research Committee
  • Focused involvement in research in a specific area of your interest and experience i.e. maternity, HIV, cancer, child health

Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved in our patient and public involvement activities.

E: T: 020 3315 6825


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