Research and Development 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 and 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 research we undertake helps to answer important questions about which methods of diagnosis and treatments have the most beneficial outcomes for patients, in terms of caring, controlling or preventing disease. Patient involvement in clinical research is vital. New and better treatments for many diseases wound not have been possible without research. Research is the only way we can continue to improve prevention and treatment of diseases and patient care.