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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

BSMHFT 'at the cutting edge of research'

Published: 25/10/2016

Our Trust has topped a national league table by giving patients the opportunity to participate in more commercial clinical research studies than anywhere else in England.

Carrying out research with these commercial partners enables the NHS to speed up the development and availability of new treatments, therapies and diagnostics, improving outcomes for patients across the region.

According to figures published today, BSMHFT has recruited patients into more commercial clinical research studies than 51 other similar Trusts; an achievement which John Short, Chief Executive of the Trust is extremely proud of.

Mr Short explained “Clinical research is a vital component to improving treatment and recovery for those people who are living with poor mental health. We pride ourselves in the quality of care and treatments that we already provide, but also recognise that there are new and innovative treatments and therapies that require time and support to investigate and develop.

“Being identified as one of the top performing trusts in England is testimony to our dedication to continually improving mental health and wellbeing.”

The 2015/16 NHS Research Activity League Table published by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network shows that 100% of NHS trusts in England are now delivering clinical research, providing thousands more patients with access to better treatments and care. Commercial research activity is included in the league table for the first time.

Professor Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director for the Clinical Research Network West Midlands, said: “Studies have shown that Trusts which are research-active have improved overall outcomes for all patients. The Trust is to be congratulated on its efforts to make research widely available to its patients in mental health, a much needed and priority area for the Network.”

Professor Hugh Rickards, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at BSMHFT said: “This is a great achievement for the Trust and all who have made this possible. We are at the global cutting edge of research in the field of Huntington’s disease and this is thanks to the massive collaborative effort between patients, families, researchers and the Research and Innovation Department at BSMHFT. We’re hoping to push on to greater heights in the next few years.”

The NIHR League Table can be accessed from the website: www.nihr.ac.uk/nihrleaguetable