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Clinical Research

Rebecca Oliver 06 14 03


Research is an essential part of making healthcare better. It can lead to new treatment or provide evidence of the best available treatments for a clinical condition.

Without research there would be no new ways to treat you, it is just as important to your healthcare as your doctor and your hospital.

About Clinical Research

What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is a branch of medicine that looks at the safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, treatments and diagnostic tools planned for use in humans.

Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to see if a new test or treatment works and is safe. It may involve patients or healthy volunteers, or both.

Research is not just about testing new drugs; it is everything that can improve quality care and experience for our patients.

For more detailed information about Clinical trials, read one of these guides created by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) –

Clinical trials: what they are and what they’re not 

Understanding clinical trials

Research publications list

Research at Milton Keynes

For more information on studies currently taking place at the hospital, contact us.

Research and Development Office (Education Centre) – 01908 995118

Clinical Haematology and Oncology Research Team (CHORT office, next to Pheonix unit) - 01908 996654

Research performance

We continue to grow our portfolio of clinical research. For details of our performance for approving studies and recruiting to clinical trials, please see the documents below:

Our Q3 2016/2017 report was not submitted. 

Getting involved

High-quality clinical research that benefits patients all around the world is not possible without your help.

Taking part in a study might mean completing a questionnaire, an extra blood sample, taking a new medicine or trying a new treatment.

If you decide to take part in research, you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason. You will continue to receive the best available care.

Patients are usually approached by a doctor or a nurse to take part in a study, but if you are interested in learning more please contact Rowena Fletcher, Head of Research and Development - rowena.fletcher@mkhospital.nhs.uk

Useful links

NIHR CRN -  is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. The CRN ensure that studies can be set-up quickly in the NHS, and that hospitals, surgeries and clinics have the people and support they need to carry out clinical studies for the benefit of their patients.

·         Q2 2016/2017 Performance in delivering

·         Q2 2016/2017 Performance in initiating

       Our Q3 2016/2017 report was not submitted.