CLINICAL research has been given the green light after funding was secured for two new research nurse posts.
The £63,208 funding has been provided by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation charity to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The money will allow the Trust to cover the nurses’ salaries and other associated costs for a year.
The Trust is recognised as a highly performing active research centre and a key contributor to scientific breakthroughs.
Jo Howard, the Trust’s Clinical Research Nurse Manager, said: “We believe all of our patients should have the opportunity to consider taking part in research at our Trust, but we cannot offer the range of studies we would like due to research nurse capacity.
“The funding from the Rosemere Cancer Foundation enables us to recruit two more research nurses, one of which has just started with us.
“It means we can open both the studies in set up waiting to open and those studies on hold, allowing us to offer cancer patients access to innovative therapeutic approaches, which have the potential of improving their clinical outcome or treatment management.”
The charity works to bring world class cancer services and treatments to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Its main treatment centre and offices are based at the Royal Preston Hospital.
At the end of 12 months, it is hoped both positions will have become self-financing via income generated by the research work.