Trust leads in accessibility of research studies for patients in North West London

Patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have the best access to breakthrough research studies in North West London, according to latest figures published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) today.

The Trust was at sixth place overall based on the number of studies opened in 2016/17 with 426 studies. The Trust was also the sixth highest recruiting Trust with 12,901 participants.

Local resident Michael Graves was one such person after taking part in a trial at St Mary’s hospital into the use of robotic surgery after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.

Michael said: “I would definitely recommend taking part in research to others. I think research really matters, taking part in research hopefully helps other people.”

Medical Director Professor Julian Redhead said: “We are really pleased to give our patients every opportunity to access new and better treatments by taking part in clinical research.

“We strive to continually improve care and experience, and research innovation helps us bring the very best that the NHS has to offer directly to the patient bedside.”