Research at Sussex Community top 5 nationally
02 August 2017

Research at Sussex Community top 5 nationally

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is progressing towards its aim of becoming ‘a leading NHS trust for research in community settings’ after being named in the top five community NHS trust nationally for research activity by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

The research activity league table, published today, shows that Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) research projects involved 663 participants, in 26 studies. There was a 169.5% increase on the previous year.

Clinical research is important because it improves the quality of care and treatment for patients, particularly those with progressive conditions. Research at SCFT gives patients access to the latest treatments in development and improves clinical effectiveness. Our studies include work with adults who have neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis or dementia, advanced cancer and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Our work with children involves those with complex disabilities and focuses both on the young person and their family.

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Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive at SCFT said, “At Sussex Community we recognise that clinical research is central to our work and to our patients.  It is through research that the NHS is able to offer the most effective treatments and services and improve people’s health.

“We want to be a leading NHS trust for research in community settings and are delighted that the league table shows that we are heading in the right direction with huge growth in our research capacity.”

Each year, the Research Activity League Table is published by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to detail research activity across all NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England. The table provides a picture of how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many patients. The table sits on the NIHR website at www.nihr.ac.uk/nihrleaguetable, accessible to anyone wanting to understand how much research activity is happening in their local trust or CCG.

Further information about research at Sussex Community is available online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/research