Leeds NHS Trusts fly high in research league table

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Leeds hospitals are carrying out the third highest volume of clinical research studies in the country, according to new figures.

A league table published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) reveals that all NHS Trusts across the country are now delivering studies.

And the trust with the highest number of studies for 2015/16 in Yorkshire and Humber – and third nationally – is Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), with 477 studies.

It also has the highest number of commercial studies in its portfolio, with 87.

The NIHR said: “Evidence clearly shows research active trusts have better patient outcomes.”

Stephen Smye OBE, director of research and innovation at the trust, said: “LTHT is passionate about increasing opportunities for our patients to participate in research.

“Our prominent national ranking for NIHR portfolio studies, and the scale of our partnerships with research funders and industry, reflects our commitment to this ambitious and important goal.”

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which deals with mental health, also recorded the highest percentage increase in number of research studies in its field in our region. It increased its studies by 21 in 2014/15 to 34 in 2015/16 – a 62 per cent boost.

And it had the second-highest percentage increase in people participating in research to 942 in 2015/16 – more than double that of 406 in the year before.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service came second nationally for the volume of studies in ambulance trusts after it recorded carrying out four reseach projects.

But the number of studies undertaken by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, which deals specifically with care, dropped from 27 in 2014/15 to 17 in 2015/16.

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