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Research and Development

At both Warrington and Halton Hospital sites we participate in studies to promote medical research and improve care in the future for certain conditions.

These studies can be large studies that often involve many patients in many different hospitals.

Our Research and Development (R&D) Department works closely with the clinical divisions within the hospitals to ensure we can offer patients the opportunity to participate in high quality research that has been approved by an independent ethical body.

The Trust recognises that participation in clinical research demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality of care we offer both by helping ensure our clinical staff stay abreast of the latest possible treatment options and because active participation in research leads to successful patient outcomes.

The department is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research and takes part in nationally funded studies, patient stories on these can be found here.

Halton Hospital has its own dedicated research and clinical trials facility which supports our research ambitions and aims to widen participation in research across Warrington, Halton and surrounding areas.

More information on Halton Clinical Research Unit (HCRU) can be found here.

If you are a patient with us, you may be asked by a consultant / healthcare practitioner or approached by a research nurse / midwife to see if you would like to take part in a study or you may receive an invitation in the post. At the Trust we take part in a range of research studies, including: gastro enterology, rheumatology, infection prevention, paediatrics, maternity and other medical and surgical specialities. Some research studies just involve surveys and interviews, others may look at the effect of drugs and treatments.

You can be reassured that all research will first have been approved by an ethical committee which is independent from the hospital. Taking part is voluntary and you may change your mind at any time.

If you are invited to take part in a research study, you will be given a patient information leaflet that is specific to that study.

We are supported by the North West Coast Local Research Network which is part of the NHS National Institute for Health Research.

They have produced a booklet aimed specifically at people who wish to understand more about participating in health research, called Clinical Trials Guide.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical trial performance is measured against national benchmarks to improve the initiation and delivery of all clinical trials approved by the trust.

The aim is to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research and to play our role enhance the nation’s attractiveness as a host for research.

The National Institute for Health, has obligated the trust to report on the performance of clinical trials, providing information on the duration from the receipt of valid research application to the recruitment of first patient against 70-day benchmark and recruitment to time and target. These details may be found in the tables below and in the link.







Performance in initiating and delivering research

If you are interested in looking for funding streams you can find out about current National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research opportunities by following the links below.

These websites provide you with opportunities within the UK for funding and provide information regarding areas which are currently looking for applications.

Visit NIHR: Current Funding Opportunities

Furthermore, the Research Support Service (RSS) is a service funded by theNIHR to provide support to researchers across the UK, in terms of design and methodology, when developing grant applications to the NIHR or any other national peer review programs that may be available.

The advice and support from RSS is confidential and free of charge.

For more information about RSS support please follow this link.

RSS Support

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Consent Form

Before completing the questionnaire below, please read the Pathway to Research information leaflet.

By completing this questionnaire, you agree for your information to be added and retained by the Research & Development (R&D) Pathway to Research team. This will allow us to contact you directly about research opportunities.

Please complete as much of the questionnaire as you are comfortable with to help us send studies that might be suitable for you. If you would like any help completing this form, please contact the team on 01928 753 303 or whh.halton.cru@nhs.net. A member of the team may get in touch by phone or email if further detail is needed.

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We have a team of research nurses, midwives and support staff that work across both hospital sites to support the consultants currently participating in clinical research. 

If you would like to know more about research at the Trust or if there are any studies you could take part in please ask your consultant or get in touch with the research team on 01925 662 946 or email whh.research@nhs.net.