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Amazing year for Research and Development

The Trust's Research and Development team are celebrating a fantastic year after smashing their target to recruit patients to clinical trials.

The region’s annual target for the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network is 65,000 patients which is divided between the 22 partner organisations, of which the Trust is one. Each year they set a target based on the current portfolio, previous history and the numbers of studies closing and possibly opening in the year.

Lydia Harris, Head of Research and Development, explained: “We were set a stretching target of 3539 patients to recruit into clinical trials in our Trust from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. It’s important that we meet this target as it determines our money flow into the Trust for the next financial year, which pays for all our research staff. 

“We’re delighted to have recruited 4552 patients to a whole range of clinical trials – that’s almost a thousand more patients than our target! Currently in York and Scarborough alone we have 147 research studies open to recruitment, 41 of which were opened this year. 

“This is a truly amazing achievement and thank you to everyone for their support, hard work and dedication.”

Patients have been recruited into clinical trials across a wide range of specialties at both York and Scarborough hospitals. 

Trust successes:

  • Highest recruiter in a national study for rheumatology with over 320 patients recruited to date
  • Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and the pain specialty group now sees York Hospital recruit 25 percent of the total number of patients in clinical trials in England
  • First UK patient recruited into national cardiology trial ARIADNE
  • 716 recruits since January 2017 for the Yorkshire Health Study, a questionnaire based study for anyone living in the Yorkshire area and assessing the health and lifestyle across the county
  • A gastro study, run in the Trust since 2014, has been adopted producing 700 recruits since March 2016
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