Better Care

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 2016/2017.

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?  

Please click here to download our performance data for quarter four (1 January to 31 Mar 2018) and find further details of how we are measured below:

Performance in Initiating Clinical Trials 

This measure calculates 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. During this reporting period, 2 clinical trials were initiated and both successfully met this benchmark.

Performance in Delivering Clinical Trials

This measure confirms whether the research team recruited the target number of participants on time and to target. This measure applies to research sponsored by commercial companies.  During this reporting period no commercially sponsored clinical trial closed to recruitment.

Improving our performance 

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.