Today’s research is tomorrow’s care

What is research?

More knowledge is required in all areas of healthcare in order to gain a clearer understanding of diseases and how they are managed.

Research is not just about testing new medicines; we conduct studies to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of treatments which may improve diagnosis, care delivery and patient experiences.

Many current treatments are the result of research in the past, this is why our motto is: Today’s research is tomorrow’s care.

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 from our website.

As a Trust, we passionately believe that all patients have the right to participate in relevant research studies. Any of our patients may be approached regarding research opportunities open to them. However, it is OK to ask your healthcare professional for more information.

Participants in research are normally patients and their families, who have existing health conditions, but we also recruit to studies that require healthy volunteers.

“Research is a core part of the NHS. Research enables the NHS to improve the current and future health of the people it services”—NHS Constitution handbook 2009

How to get involved?

There are a variety of studies that you may be able to take part in. These range from simple questionnaires or surveys, to new treatment options and medicines.

Please ask your doctor or healthcare professional if there are any research studies that might be suitable for you.

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.

Please contact our Research Operations Team if you are interested in joining our Research Patient and Public Involvement Forum.

The Research and Development Department (R&D)

Our R&D team is responsible for the development of a successful and balanced portfolio of research studies across all Trust sites.

The team works closely with a range of organisations at a local, regional and national level to support research delivery, including

  • Health Research Authority
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Clinical Research Network North West London
  • CW+, our Trust’s charity

Research Delivery Teams

Once your doctor or healthcare professional has discussed with you the possibility to participate in a study, you are likely to meet a member of our research delivery team.

They are comprised of nurses, midwives, therapists and assistants, who are responsible for providing overall clinical coordination of research studies.

Please contact us with any queries regarding research at our Trust.

Research Operations Team

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust

Research & Development Office
Unit G2, Harbour Yard
Chelsea Harbour
London SW10 0XD
020 3315 6825



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