The research team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been praised for increasing the number of clinical studies it carries out.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust carried out 10 more studies between 2013 and 2014 than the 74 it had the year before, for which 1,561 patients volunteered to take part.
It compares with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Royal Preston Hospital, where 101 research studies were carried out between 2013 and 2014 – 11 fewer than the previous year.
The Lancashire Trust also had only 1,481 patients
The figures have been published in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, which says research is vital work for the NHS as it provides evidence on the most effective treatments to improve patients’ health.
Chief executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Jonathan Sheffield, said: “It’s great to see a real appetite for research in Blackpool.
“I would like to thank all the patients and carers who have taken part in research, and thereby made a contribution to improving NHS treatments for everyone.
“I would also like to congratulate Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for increasing their number of studies. We know that research is something that patients really value and these Trusts are creating the opportunities for patients to get involved.”
Michelle Stephens, head of research and development at the Blackpool trust said: “Research is part of the everyday work of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. We want to look into new ways to prevent, manage and treat diseases and it is therefore important that we can offer our patients the opportunity to join a research study.
“Since the Clinical Research Centre opened in July 2012, and thanks to the research team of doctors, nurses, support and trials staff, we have been able to offer more studies in more disease areas to patients. We are delighted to have been recognised by the NIHR for this work and for recruiting more patients into studies.
“I would like to personally thank all the patients and their families who have taken part in the research running here, and thereby making a difference in improving the health for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde coast.”