Date of release: 26 May 2020
For this week’s blog, I would like to reflect on the importance of International Clinical Trials Day, which took place last week, and the role The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust played in it.
To coincide with #ICTD our Trust was named in the top ten in the UK for numbers participating in COVID-19 research studies. The organisation has recruited a total of 793 patients to participate across a series of nine research studies, from a total of 9,742 patients involved in 20 such studies across the West Midlands. Our role in the studies is more than amplified across the region, with the West Midlands currently recruiting more participants to COVID-19 studies than any other in the UK. Based on figures for Tuesday, May 19th, University Hospitals Birmingham are in first place and University Hospitals North Midlands are in sixth position. Nationally, 70,664 patients are taking part in 26 different studies.
NIHR - Clinical Research Network West Midlands COVID-19 Studies Participant Statistics (PDF, 203Kb)
The COVID-19 studies our Trust has recruited most patients to are related to breathing difficulties, pneumonia, a review of the triage of people using the emergency care system, pregnancy and why some patients are more susceptible than others to the disease. Taking part in clinical trials gives patients access to potentially better treatments now and enables the patient to play a major part in worldwide advancement of science. I am proud to be part of an organisation that has research at its core and holds it as a key component of its fundamental activity to improve patient care. Being a research-focused organisation maximises our patients’ opportunities to access outstanding cutting edge care.
Research is so important to the future of medicine, nursing and treatment for patients, for different reasons. For one, it defines the future. It creates opportunities for new treatments being discovered and existing ones to be evaluated and provides us with the knowledge to inform policy and practice. In stretching the boundaries of what we do, staff improve their knowledge and we can hopefully improve the patient’s experience by enabling safer, higher quality and more effective care, which in turn should make our service sustainable and enable us to work smarter. So well done to everyone that has been involved over recent weeks.
I also had a telephone interview with a researcher from the Centre for Health Research at New Buckinghamshire University to highlight the fabulous innovations and service developments being introduced by Nursing, Midwifery and AHP teams across the organisations to support the Trust through COVID-19. The innovations will feature in a rapid publication due to be published within the next month, which I will hopefully be able to share with you then.
Proud to be a nurse at RWT