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New NIHR league table reveals CMFT in top ten for research activity - 2012-08-01

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has published its 2012 league table, revealing the extent of clinical research activity across the NHS in England.

NIHR league tableThis year Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) is the only Trust in the North West of England to be placed in the top ten NHS Trusts for ‘Number of NIHR CRN Recruiting Studies’ undertaken in 2012. The data not only shows the sheer number of research studies underway in the Trust in 2012 but an improvement in our performance, demonstrating that CMFT is dedicated to becoming a prestigious internationally renowned centre for research and innovation. 

The league table, which can be viewed on The Guardian website, also shows a comparison to last year’s data and reveals that Trusts have made a significant step-change in their research activity, including CMFT rising from the number 11 spot in 2011.

Professor Colin Sibley, Head of Research and Innovation at the Trust, said: “Being placed inside the top ten of the league table clearly illustrates our dedication to building a research culture within CMFT. Our commitment to education, training and staff development means that now, more than ever, staff are getting involved in research across all our eight hospitals, leading to an increased number of trials. In the long term these trials will lead to increased patient benefit, which is one of the main priorities within the NHS.”

In addition the NHS in Greater Manchester is leading England in recruiting patients to clinical research for the second year running, with funding & support from NIHR GM CLRN (Greater Manchester Comprehensive Local Research Network). From 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012, 50,514 people from across the city took part in research. This is an increase of 6,721 (15.3%) over the previous 12 months.

Professor Martin Gibson, Director of GM CLRN, said "Thank you to the patients who have taken part in research, and the staff who have made it possible. The NHS in Greater Manchester has used the £14.8 million we received in 2011-12 to ensure more people have access to research. It’s very encouraging to see these figures - it shows we are opening up research to more parts of the NHS and ensuring more people have access to new and novel treatments."

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