Blackpool Teaching Hospitals works with a large number of research partners collaborating to support research in this Trust to improve care for our patients. These are with other NHS organisations, charities, pharmaceutical and device companies and universities both in the UK and overseas.
Some of our partners are:
NIHR CRN NWC provide the infrastructure through funding to partner Trusts, that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS in our area, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. They help to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research and ensure that studies are carried out efficiently.
The Hub, coordinated by Lancaster University, was established in 2010 to enable an increase in NHS/University collaborative research in health and medicine across Lancashire and Cumbria. This includes working with NHS partner Trusts across the region as well as with other key organisations.
The Trust joined the Hub in autumn 2010, with the aims of producing high quality, clinically useful research proposals of relevance to the local population; ensuring these proposals are submitted to appropriate sources of funding, supporting the further development of research skills and experience, and achieving the priorities of the Trust’s Research and Development strategy.
The Trust has been successful with developing ‘in-house’ researchers gaining grant awards from NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, Action Medical Research and NIHR Health Technology Assessment awards through developing research partnerships through the Lancaster Health Hub. We continue to develop new projects across a range of clinical areas and university departments.
We work closely with the Innovation Agency to spread innovation opportunities across the Trust. We are part of regional networks of NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry – responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration. Through our collaboration with the innovation agency we partner with relevant industries who work with the health and social care system.
We work closely with the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) who collaborates with us on developing and recruiting patients to new studies.