Record number of people take part in research studies

Press release posted 2 July 2019

The Christie has contributed to the region achieving a record number of patients taking part in clinical trials across Greater Manchester in 2018/19, according to new figures released by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN). 

Almost 83,500 people, more than ever before, participated in studies carried out across the region. This surpassed the previous highest for Greater Manchester by more than 21,000. This total accounted for 9.5 per cent of all recruitment to studies in England last year, despite the fact the Greater Manchester region accounts for around only 5 per cent of the population.

Of 1,105 studies across the region, The Christie contributed to 228 (up 6.5 per cent) making it the 2nd highest placed Greater Manchester trust. In total 2,120 Christie patients participated in studies, which is a 17.2 per cent increase on the 1,809 figure in 2017/18.

The statistics cover commercial research studies sponsored by the life sciences industry – such as pharmaceutical companies – and non-commercial studies funded by organisations such as medical charities, research councils, the government or the NIHR.

The Christie is also joint 7th in the national table for research activity for commercial trials, supporting 100 studies in 2018/19 (a 13 per cent increase on the previous year). 

The figures also show growth nationally across England. Overall, 50 per cent of NHS trusts and 61 per cent of Clinical Commissioning Group regions increased their research activity. 

The number of NHS organisations offering patients the chance to participate in life sciences industry research also rose across England - with 25 per cent of NHS trusts and 17 per cent of CCG regions increasing the number of commercial studies they supported.

Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network said:

"There’s a growing body of evidence which suggests that research-active hospitals have lower mortality rates, and better patient outcomes, so the NIHR Clinical Research Network will continue to work closely with the NHS organisations to ensure that research continues to be offered to people as part of quality patient care.” 

The research activity can be viewed on the NIHR website.