Guy’s and St Thomas’ tops national table for studies open

Guy’s and St Thomas’ had more research studies open for patients to join in 2018/19 than any other NHS Trust in England, according to figures released on 2 July.

In 2018-19, the Trust supported 567 studies, an increase of 6.4% on the 2017-18 figures.

The Trust also recruited 19,522 patients to research studies in 2018-19, putting it in the top ten in the country for the number of patients taking part in research. The figure is up 2.4% compared to the 19,063 patients recruited in 2017-18.

The figures were published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. Its mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

Every year, Clinical Research Network (CRN) publishes the NIHR Research Activity League Table. This table provides a picture of research activity across all NHS Trusts and CCG regions in England.

Dr Ian Abbs, Chief Medical Officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “Clinical research is core to our work at Guy’s and St Thomas’. By remaining at the forefront of research, we aim to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

“Our place at the top of the league table for the number of open studies is a testament to the work of our staff, including our clinical teams who lead and recruit to studies, and our experts supporting them behind the scenes.

“We owe a huge thanks to our patients who take part in research. They generously volunteer their time for the benefit of others, and without them none of our research would be possible.”

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is part of King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Sciences Centre which brings together world-class research, education and clinical practice for the benefit of patients.

A total of 870,250 participants took part in NIHR CRN supported clinical research studies in 2018/19 – the highest number on record and an increase of over 140,000 since last year.

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