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Research and Development

Research has led to better treatments for many conditions such as cancer, diabetes and stroke.  We also have a better understanding of why some people get certain health problems.

Research has improved the accuracy of some of the tests we use to see if someone has a condition or not. It has also given us a better idea of what it is like to live with particular health problems. All of this new knowledge helps us to develop services and provide better advice, support and treatment.

The development of new treatments and medical devices can take a long time, so often taking part in research is to help future generations, not just yourself.

There is a continuing need to keep research going as our population is growing and we are now living longer which means many of us are suffering from more than one medical problem at a time (co morbidities).

Research can take many forms; clinical trials are not the only way research happens.

For example, just being interviewed about your condition, by a researcher, can help them really understand your condition, and what you’d like to happen to make things easier for you.

Other ways you can participate in research is to allow researchers access to your images or tissue, so they can investigate the workings of the human body easily. Also by looking at anonomised data, from such things as lab results and hospital admissions can help us understand links and causation that sometimes would go unnoticed.

Some of our research highlights from this year have been:

  • Sexual Health - Teams across York and Scarborough excelled at their recruitment to the PrEP Impact study. This study assessing the impact of implementing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment into the NHS for patients with a high risk of contracting HIV. PrEP is a ground-breaking preventative medication, which when taken routinely alongside contraception has been proven to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by over 90%.
  • Perioperative Medicine - Anesthetics trainees recruited patients to the 'drug allergy label study' a national study relating to drug allergy labels. The study was part of the RAFT initiative (Research and Audit Federation of Trainee’s) and it was excellent to see the enthusiasm and commitment shown by so many of the anesthetics trainee’s. The study was successfully run over a specified three day period in both our York and Scarborough Hospitals and recruited 240 participants.
  • York and Scarborough Gastroenterology Research teams won Yorkshire and Humber clinical research network (CRN) gastro team of the year! Our team won this award in recognition of our collaborative and innovative approach to utilizing our staff that helped us achieve the 4th highest recruitment figures in the country.

In addition, we have also supported two large Trust wide studies that involved all teams, this year.

  • The Yorkshire Heath Study that is following the lives of thousands of people in Yorkshire, to help researchers in Sheffield understand our health so that we can find the best treatments to prevent and treat illness in the future. The questionnaires we collected will provide valuable insight into the health of the people in Yorkshire, in order to improve services for the people who need them most. Our teams recruited an impressive total of 2353 patients over 18 months.
  • The Stopping Slips among healthcare workers study was widely supported by all our teams and we managed to recruit an impressive 908 staff to the study. This study is looking see if slip resistant footwear reduce slips among healthcare workers.

We are proud to be a partner with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) in providing clinical placements and training for future doctors at Scarborough and York Hospitals.  As a teaching hospital our researchers and academics have a strong track record of clinical and research excellence across the majority of our clinical directorates.

What research takes place within the Trust 

Our hospital have been set a stretching target of 3800 patients accrued into clinical trials in our Trust from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019. It’s important that we meet this target as this will determine our money flow into the Trust next financial year, which pays for all the research staff we have. We are pleased to announce that we recruited 4940 patients during that period to participate in research, so surpassing our target easily.

Currently in York and Scarborough alone we have approximately 130 research studies open to recruitment. These patients were recruited across a wide range of specialties as most of our hospital now recruits patients into clinical trials.

How can you get involved in research?

Patient research ambassador

We are always looking to recruit patient research ambassadors to join our team.

A patient research ambassador is someone who promotes health research from a patient point of view.  They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person and is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate that to other patients and public as well as healthcare professionals.

The role is supported by the national institute for heath research and national information and can be found on their website

Local information on the role can be found here.

Lay review panel

We have trained a small group of interested members and governors into the background of clinical research so they can now read patient facing research materials for us, and edit them to be more understandable to the public.  We fully support this small group and offer full background and briefings on clinical research before they start this role.

If you would be interested in finding out more about these roles or in applying to get involved in our research please contact:

Lydia Harris
Call: 01904 726606

Would you like more information?

If you would like to find out more about clinical research in our hospital please contact:

Research and Development
York Hospital
Wigginton Road
YO31 8HE

Call: 01904 726996

Search for a clinical trial

The 'be part of research' campaign provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK, and gives you and others access to a large range of information about these trials.


York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, like other NHS providers holding NIHR contracts, is required to provide quarterly performance reports to the NIHR central commissioning facility.

These reports provide an overview of recruitment to clinical trials, including commercial contract clinical trials.  They show whether the trust has met the ’70 day benchmark’ of recruiting a patient into a trial within 70 days of receiving a valid application for approval to open the study.

The reports can be found here:

For more information about these reports or any of the studies, please contact the R&D Unit.

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