02 Aug 2017

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published national data on research activity which shows the West London Mental Health Trust placed 7 out of 18 amongst the NW London local network.

The 2016-17, NHS Research Activity League Table reveals how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and the number of participants involved.

Nationally, WLMHT was placed 158 out of 449 national health trusts.

In the last financial year, WLMHT took on 35 research studies, a 35% increase on the previous year. The number of participants also rose from 412 participants in 2015/16 to 462 in 2016/17.

In the NW London network, the number of participants recruited into clinical research studies has grown to 27,239 people.

Research is one of the most important ways to enhance patient care and always consists of voluntary participants that are safe and appropriate. The Trust relies on the results of research to improve current treatments and for how new medications can be discovered and developed.

Carolyn Regan, West London Mental Health NHS Trust Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have improved our standing in the London trusts’ research rankings. Research is the lifeblood of medicine and healthcare.

“Our work ranges from large scale studies in dementia to unique research into complex personality disorders. Our leading research establishments such as the Cassel Hospital in Richmond and at Broadmoor High Secure Hospital attract international clinicians and researchers and we are very proud of our reputation for research excellence.”

WLMHT was among the 65% of trusts that increased their research activity in 2016-17, a fantastic achievement that will contribute to better health and care outcomes.