Building on our strengths and securing sustainable funding for research and development
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.
Of these active registered studies, 52 were topic specific network studies (National priority areas, for example cancer, stroke and diabetes). 23 were National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio studies which attract support funding from the Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN).
A research fellow and a research midwife were recruited for the women’s health department for a Trust-sponsored clinical trial for the treatment of obesity in pregnancy.
Two stroke physicians were appointed, and there is agreement to recruit a stroke research nurse jointly funded with St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust. The directorate supported 1.5 research nurses in the renal department and 1.5 research nurses in the clinical trials unit (CTU).
In addition, the research and education unit at the Elective Orthopaedic Centre (EOC) supported additional research staff, comprising of one R&D business manager, one research fellow, one research physician, two research nurses and four research administrators.
In 2009, the Trust participated in studies supported by the Arthritis Research Campaign, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Kidney Research UK, Leukaemia Research, Lymphoma Research Trust, National Cancer Research Institute, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Nursing and Midwifery Council, Medical Research Council (MRC), The Stroke Association and Wellcome Trust.
The Trust also conducted 14 commercial studies, including those adopted via the NHIR Commercial Network and those contracted directly with the Trust. The clinical trials were in a broad range of specialties including renal, the EOC, cardiology, cancer and diabetes.
Encourage and support new and existing researchers
In 2009/10, the directorate conducted four Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training days with 115 researchers in attendance. The director of R&D and R&D manager held frequent research advice clinics to assist researchers in the early planning of their research studies. Individual advice was also provided by the R&D office, supporting researchers with their R&D applications.
In 2009/10, as part of the national R&D strategy, the Trust implemented a policy for the introduction of research passports. 14 honorary contracts / letters of access were issued.
The Trust renewed its membership of the NHS Innovations London for the protection of Intellectual Property. The Immunology Department are in negotiations with NHS Innovations in respect of a device patent.