More than 1,000 patients in North Devon access improved care thanks to clinical research, new data shows

More patients in North Devon are benefitting from improved access to new treatments following an increase in the number of participants in clinical research studies in the last year, according to figures published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The 2018-19 NIHR Research Activity League Table shows Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust recruited 1,087 participants into 39 studies last year – an impressive 68% increase on the 649 participants in 2017/18.

NDHT research and development team

NDHT research and development team

The League Table was published today by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), the research arm of the NHS. The league table highlights the extent of NHS research taking place in England, and the number of participants being recruited into studies.

Adrian Harris, medical director for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said “We are very pleased to have been recognised for our efforts and participation in clinical research studies over the last year. We take our commitment to providing patients in North Devon with the opportunity to be involved in high quality research very seriously.

“Clinical research not only aids us in offering patients the very best care possible but also improves our knowledge and understanding for the wider benefit of the entire healthcare community.”

Michael Gibbons, clinical director for the Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula, said: “The league table results are a great achievement for all involved and highlight the growing commitment to research from both healthcare organisations and patients in the South West. If it wasn’t for the continued hard work and dedication from our teams across the region we wouldn’t be able to achieve all that we do in the clinical research field.

“Thank you, also, to the 26,872 people in the South West who have given their time over the last year to enable us to carry out this important research, all of them helping to increase our understanding of illness and develop the treatments of the future.  Without them, none of this would be possible.”

For more information and to view the NIHR league table for 2018-19 please visit

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Last updated: July 4, 2019