EEAST in top three ambulance trusts for research

EEAST in top three ambulance trusts for research
02 August 2012

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust is in the top three of all ambulance trusts in the country for research activity, it has been revealed.

A league table published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, details the number of studies undertaken by individual NHS trusts and the number of patients they recruit into those studies.

And for the first time this year the table also categorises trusts into organisations with similar characteristics to allow for comparisons.

EEAST features in third place out of 11 in the ambulance services category conducting four studies, an increase of two on last year, which involved recruiting 563 patients. Only East Midlands Ambulance Service carried out more than four studies at six. Three ambulance services carried out four studies and three remained either one or three.

Dr Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, praised EEAST’s work and achievement.

He said: “This is marvellous news and illustrates that our partners at the East of England Ambulance Service are truly placing research at the core of NHS business.

“We know from recent polls that patients want to see the NHS do research, and they want the chance to get involved. This Trust’s recruitment of 563 patients indicates a strong commitment to research and innovation as well as their drive to improve clinical outcomes for patients.

“We are keen to see other trusts follow their example and truly embed research as a standard option within their care culture. Clinical research is not just for the large teaching hospitals - it is absolutely core business for all NHS trusts.” 

Dr Pamela Chrispin, EEAST Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “The Trust’s position at the forefront of ambulance service research is testament to its ever growing focus on improving clinical quality, which is vital to ensuring our patients continue to receive the best available emergency and urgent care.

“Our 999 response is only one part of what we do and its continued success hinges on clinical advances. Patients will benefit enormously from the research carried out by the Trust and the new treatment options it opens up .”

Developing a research-active culture brings a host of benefits for patients, clinicians and the NHS, driving innovation, better and more cost-effective treatments, and creates opportunities for staff development.

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