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Research and development

Clinical trial
A patient participating in a clinical trial at St Helier Hospital

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has a well established Research and Development (R&D) department with a reputation for high quality clinical and basic research.

Since 2007, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has been part of the South London Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN). Both the R&D director and R&D manager have been appointed members of the CLRN board and executive.

Within the CLRN, the Trust has provided R&D management and governance for Kingston and Mayday hospitals. In 2007, the Trust underwent an MHRA Good Clinical Practice Inspection and was found to be compliant.

The Trust hosts the South West Institute for Renal Research and the EOC. The Orthopaedic Research Unit - which has special expertise in benchmarking hip prostheses - was opened by local MP Siobhan McDonagh in March 2008.

Our research portfolio encompasses basic and applied clinical research aiming to unravel the pathogenic mechanisms of disease and improve the outcome of treatment. There is a broad range of expertise in the topic-specific areas identified by the National Institute of Health Research as priorities for research.

In addition, the Trust has wide-ranging research expertise in a number of other areas including renal disease, immunology, rheumatology and obstetric conditions. Over the past year the Trust has been the lead centre for seven studies which form part of the UK Comprehensive Research Network (UKCRN) portfolio and acts as the recruitment centre for 63 studies for the UKCRN portfolio.

There is an active Good Clinical Practice (GCP) research training programme in place, and it is a requirement that all active clinical researchers should have undergone GCP training prior to getting R&D approval.

Our research activity, as well as funding, comes from the Department of Health, charities, public sector bodies and the pharmaceutical industry.

 

  • Strategic overview In 2009, the Trust built on its well established track record of basic and applied clinical research. Over the year, there were 133 active studies registered with the research and development (R&D) office which compares with 103 registered in the previous year.
  • Research funding A summary of income received and maintained during 2009-10
  • Research results This section contains examples of our research and development work and demonstrates areas where results made an impact.
  • Clinical trials Established in 1993, the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is a dedicated research facility within Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Renal Research Institute The Renal Unit at St Helier Hospital has a dedicated renal research institute performing basic renal research, and translational (bench to bedside) research which is clinically driven. The emphasis of the research is to assess factors causing progression of chronic kidney disease.

Key contacts

Dr Steve Hyer
Director of research and development

Conducting research
If you are interested in conducting research, including clinical trials, please contact the Research and Development Manager

Email: yvonne.reilly@esth.nhs.uk

Participate in clinical trials
If you would like participate in clinical trials, please contact the Research & Development office:

Tel: 020 8296 3632
Email: research@esth.nhs.uk

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