THE Research and Innovation Team at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recruited a record number of patients to take part in clinical trials last year.

In 2017/18 the team recruited 3,758 patients to clinical research trials – a 9% increase on the previous year. The impressive figure places South Tees among the top 10% of all NHS trusts across the country when it comes to research recruitment.

Patients were recruited to 202 different trials ranging from an investigation to measure the effectiveness of new equipment to detect osteoporosis to the benefits of exercise training prior to undergoing an operation.

Anyone who wants to discover more about working in research or taking part in clinical trials is invited to meet the Research and Innovation Team at The James Cook University Hospital this week at two events which are being held to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day (Sunday 20 May).

The team will be in the Middlesbrough hospital’s main atrium on Wednesday 23 May from 10am to 5pm conducting a fun chocolate trial to illustrate randomisation. The boxes of chocolates will be wrapped as birthday presents to tie in with the idea of ‘giving the gift of research’ for the NHS’s 70th birthday.

The team will also have a stand in the staff restaurant on Tuesday 22 May from 11am to 2pm to offer advice to researchers.

Research and Innovation Director Dr Caroline Wroe said: “It is fantastic to have recruited a record number of patients in 2017/18. Research at South Tees continues to grow year on year and now involves almost all of our departments and specialties.

“Last year we recruited patients to more than 200 clinical trials. These trials help us learn more about the best ways to treat a wide range of medical conditions.

“By getting involved in health research, you can help develop life-changing treatments. If you are interested in participating in clinical trials please do not hesitate to speak to your consultant or nurse or contact our Research and Innovation Team at James Cook.”

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