Research and development

Research and Innovation is a core component of Trust activity and is key to making advancements in patient care. Clinical research is an essential requirement to improve knowledge in understanding of which treatments work best.  At The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust we continually strive to ensure that our patients are identified and offered early participation in suitable research as part of their treatment and care choice.

The R&D Directorate at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust was established in 1998 and is responsible for supporting and facilitating the delivery of research and innovation throughout the organisation.

This includes ensuring:
  • that all research run at the Trust is ethically sound and in line with all legislative requirements;
  • that it is delivered appropriately and safely;
  • that it supports the development of clinical services provided here at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, supports our staff, and enhances the care and treatment of our patients.

To achieve this we have over 70 staff in the Directorate, employed in a variety of clinical and non - clinical roles, working in close partnership with colleagues from across all areas of the organisation.

The Trust is involved in many kinds of research, across a variety of clinical specialities, including pharmaceutical drug trials, genetic research, medical device trials and questionnaire studies to name but a few. Research studies are run across services provided at New Cross and West Park Hospitals in Wolverhampton, Cannock Chase Hospital in Cannock and other Trust Community sites.

At any one time there can be over 200 research projects being undertaken at the Trust, involving the following clinical specialties:
  • Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Renal
  • Dermatology
  • Respiratory
  • Gastroenterology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Haematology
  • Maternity
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Stroke

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Research ABC Project

For information about the Research ABC Project please download the PDF below:-

Research ABC Project Summary Document (PDF, 924Kb)

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network West Midlands

Since 1st April 2014 the Trust has also been host to the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands. The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. It operates nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS across all disease areas. The host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the West Midlands area.

NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands

This video gives an overview of the work of the Network throughout the West Midlands.

If you cannot see this video, watch it on YouTube