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Research and Innovation

The Trust is currently involved in a wide range of research studies that help us to improve the quality of care provided to patients, carers and service users.  A full list of the studies that we are currently involved in will be available soon.

The Research and Innovation Team is committed to supporting and delivering research that is safe and relevant. 

Annual Report

Click here to download the Research and Innovation Annual report for 2015/2016.

Contact Us

Email: research.innovation@

Telephone:  0121 466 7075
or: 0121 466 7078

Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research 

The government measures how the Trust performs when initiating and delivering a clinical trial.  A clinical trial is a research study involving people.  People are offered a choice to take part in a trial and they will confirm their decision by providing consent.  All clinical trials are regulated robustly before they can start.  The purpose of a clinical trial is to provide answers to questions such as:

  • does the treatment work?
  • is the treatment safe?
  • what are the treatment side effects?
  • does it work better than other treatments? 


Click here to download our performance data for quarter one (1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017) and find further details of how we are measured below:

Performance in initiating clinical trials

This measures the time between a valid research application (when the Trust was selected as a research site) and the date the first participant was recruited. The benchmark for this is 70 days.

The Trust initiated 4 clinical trials between 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017 of which 3 were initiated within the benchmark and 1 is yet to recruit the 1st participant.

Performance in delivering clinical trials

This measures whether the research team recruited the target number of participants on time and to target. This measure applies to research sponsored by commercial companies.

The Trust hosted 2 commercially sponsored clinical trials between 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017 of which both successfully delivered the trial to time and to target.

Improving our performance in initiating and delivering clinical trials

We continue to work with our researchers to educate them about these measures and to identify their study needs early.

Please contact the team if you would like further information about research undertaken by the Trust or if you would like to make any suggestions to improve our research performance.