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Research at Harrogate and District Foundation Trust                       Acne Research

As part of the NHS drive to improve knowledge about treatment and health some staff and patients at Harrogate Trust are involved in research. This is supported by the Department of Health (DoH) through the NIHR Clinical Research Network for Yorkshire and Humber (NIHR CRN Y&H) and aims to ensure that all treatment given within the NHS is based on the best research evidence.  To achieve this it has invested in providing a research infrastructure with the aim of making sure that as many patients and staff who would like to take part in research have the opportunity to do so. Find out more about how the DoH aims to do this http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/can-help/patients-carers-public/ 

Here at the Trust some of the funding for research has been used to employ research staff who work with clinical teams to inform patients about opportunities to take part in research and support them when they do. For more information about taking part in a research project please click here

Before any research can take place at Harrogate various checks are carried out on behalf of the Trust by the Research and Development (R&D) Unit - also based at Harrogate District Hospital. This process ensures that any research project has all the necessary approvals to go ahead at the Trust.  The R&D Unit also provides advice and training for research staff.

One of the Top Trusts for Research

We are committed to continually improving our service, by being as efficient as possible in getting studies open to patients as soon as possible.

Find out how we are currently doing by clicking on the blue link text below.

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HDFT Research Community

We have been listening to our patients and Foundation Trust members and you have made it clear that you are keen to find out more about the research studies taking place at the trust and more about how you can be involved, as a participant, contributor or advisor. 

With this in mind we have been looking at innovative ways we can engage with you, not only keeping you informed on our research studies, both current and upcoming, but also giving you the chance to ask questions and contribute. 

During a workshop held with patients, trust members and hospital staff in December 2014 we jointly developed the concept of a research community.  To ensure the dialogue is interactive and easily accessible we have looked at internet based systems and decided to use the popular
Google Communities platform  We have a produced a step-by-step user guide.  We will also provide hands-on training for those that are not so familiar with online social media. So if you are interested in research then do please join the community and make your voice heard. 

For more details about training, please contact Elizabeth Oldham via email at elizabeth.oldham@hdft.nhs.uk or by phone on 01423 557401.

Visit the HDFT Research Community by clicking on the following link -


 What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers which is designed to answer specific health questions, for example to find out ways to treat, screen, diagnose or prevent disease.

Measurements and observations collected during the study can help provide information on whether a new treatment or procedure is safe, what the side effects are, and whether it is better than the current standard treatment. Clinical trials are the most reliable and best way of testing a new treatment or seeing whether one treatment works better than another and are needed to improve treatment and care for patients now and in the future.

The conduct of each trial is overseen by a group of experts who regularly review information about people who are taking part in the trial. All clinical trials are reviewed by an ethics committee, an independent group made up of experts and members of the public. They make sure that the dignity, rights and well-being of research participants are protected as well as helping to make sure that research is ethical and of potential benefit to participants, science and society. http://www.hra.nhs.uk/

Clinical trials are not the only way of finding out the best treatment or care. Researchers also conduct:

  •  surveys – which measure something in a group of individuals

  •  reviews – which summarise the results of several studies and      

  •  can be used to develop guidelines, decision and economic

  •  analyses

  •  qualitative research - which is useful for exploring issues such as why some people don’t take prescribed  medication

Most research is now designed and run in consultation with patients and members of the public. If you would like to be involved in thinking about what research might be done or contributing to the design of clinical trials please see the UKCRN public pages http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/can-help/patients-carers-public/ or INVOLVE http://www.invo.org.uk/

We have many research staff working on different projects within the Trust. You can find details of these on specialty pages. For general information about research and clinical trials you can ring or e-mail the R&D office, 01423 555697; research@hdf.nhs.uk 

Bequests to Medical Science

The following link http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/295/about_us/1360/bequests takes you to a web page which will give you information about donating your body to medical science. There is written guidance available ether electronically or it can be posted to you

To obtain a printed booklet please contact:

Sarah Wilson
School of Medicine
Room 9.07
Worsley Building
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Or Email S.J.Moore@leeds.ac.uk (tel. 0113 343 4297)