Partners lead clinical research in London

Clinical Trials no quote 2018Our partnership is continuing to lead clinical research in South East London, according to new figures published today (Wednesday 18 July).

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust claimed top spot in London both for the number of open studies (clinical research studies that are open for patients to join), and for the number of participants that volunteered for research, recruiting more than 19,000 people in 2017/2018. The Trust made 533 research studies available to patients, a 7% increase on last year’s total, meaning Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is ranked second in the country for number of open studies. 

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust increased their number of open studies from 333 in 2016/2017 to 352 in 2017/2018. The Trust improved their number of life science industry open studies (pharmaceutical studies) up to 98, a 9% increase on the previous year's total of 88.  The Trust also recruited 16,447 participates to clinical research studies. 

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust was the top mental health trust in the country for its number of open studies last year with 101 studies available for patients to participate in, a 14% increase on the previous year. The Trust has improved the number of participants recruited to clinical studies by 13%, with 2,375 participants taking part in clinical research.  

As part of an Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), our partner trusts all benefit from a highly productive working relationship with our academic partner, King’s College London. King’s Health Partners uniquely has two joint National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres that conduct translational research to transform scientific breakthroughs into life-saving treatments for patients. 

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Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director of King's Health Partners, says:

As an Academic Health Sciences Centre, our purpose is to translate cutting-edge research into excellent patient care. We know there is a clear correlation between the numbers of patients entering into trials and better clinical outcomes, so I am delighted to see that our trusts are continuing to lead clinical research in London.


Alan Luker, 68 from Kent, participated in the NIHR-funded  REVascularisation for Ischaemic VEntricular Dysfunction (REVIVED) study at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He said:

 I was lucky enough to take part in the REVIVED study, and the improvement after taking part has been dramatic. It’s improved my quality of life and I’ve been back to the gym and training. Last year, at 67, I broke three world records for my power lifting. It’s a massive bonus for me that someone else somewhere in the world will possibly be helped by me taking part in research. Knowing that this can add to doctors’ knowledge and improve treatments is amazing. I’m not a doctor, but it means so much to know that I’m contributing in my own way.

The figures, published by the NIHR, show that more than 725,000 participants across the country signed up for clinical research studies supported by the NIHR in 2017/18. This is the highest number since records began in England and a significant increase of nearly 10% from last year.

Over the last five years, the NIHR has recruited more than 3.2 million participants into clinical research studies, enabling more patients to benefit from improved care.