Research and Innovation featuresd heavily in the Department of Health’s Plan for Growth released by the government in March 2011.  In the document, the importance of health sciences research to the UK economy was highlighted along with a number of initiatives to enhance delivery.  This has led to the introduction of benchmarks for Trusts, which makes NIHR funding conditional upon their attainment.

During 2020/21 we recruited over 3000 patients onto our research programmes surpassing our NIHR Clinical Research Network recruitment target.

On average we have over 150 research projects underway across our organisation covering a wide spectrum of health topics and conditions.