Health Blog - The potential of clinical research in Worcestershire is enormous
By Dr David Wilson, Consultant Cardiologist and Associate Medical Director for Research and Development
As a Consultant Cardiologist at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, I am always looking to ensure that my patients are offered the most effective treatments. But how do we know whether new treatments in development are better than what is currently available?
Through clinical research, we can assess the effectiveness of new medication, diagnostics, and treatments. This helps to build evidence for new approaches to improve patient care. In Worcestershire, we are committed to supporting research that is relevant to our patients and the public, and ensuring that patients have opportunities and choices about taking part in research.
Taking part in research is important because clinical trials can only happen if people are willing to be involved. I meet patients who choose to get involved in research for lots of different reasons, including wanting to support research into a particular condition or disease that they care about, to improve treatments for future generations, or to access new treatments.
So far this year we have recruited over 1,100 patients into more than 80 different research trials. These have involved everything from filling in questionnaires or providing blood samples to attending an educational programme or trying new types of medicines.
Clinical research is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of Consultants and Research Nurses supported by other hospital departments, and a dedicated Research and Development Office to provide managerial and administrative support.
This week we will be celebrating the hard work and commitment of all those staff involved in research with our first Research and Development Awards. These will be presented as part of our “Developing a Research Culture” seminar at Sixways Stadium, where a programme of inspirational guest speakers will be sharing their own experiences.
I believe that the potential for clinical research in Worcestershire is enormous, and I am optimistic about how this will evolve, and the benefits that this will undoubtedly bring to our patients.