Coronavirus/Covid-19 key information for patients and visitors

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Research and Innovation

Our Research and Innovation Department supports all aspects of the Trust’s research.

The Trust is committed to improving patient care through research and innovation. We strive to give as many patients and staff as possible the opportunity to take part in clinical studies.

Research staff work with clinical teams to recruit patients into research studies and support them throughout the process.

There is a dedicated team of Research Nurses and Clinical Trial Assistants alongside other staff funded to support research.

Most clinical research studies are national studies that recruit patients from several NHS organisations, including Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Current specialities involved in research

Diabetes, cardiology, dermatology, cancer, rheumatology, elderly care, child health, reproductive health, critical care, respiratory, neurology, ophthalmology, infection, emergency care, surgery, community and urgent public health.

We are always looking for other specialties to take part so that all patients have the opportunity to join a study if it is suitable for them.

Please click here to see what Covid-19 research we are currently involved in.

You can also visit the Trust’s main Covid-19 information page here.

Taking part in research – participants’ experience

New and improved treatments and services become available because such a wide range of people take part in research studies.  It can be a rewarding experience. Below are comments from our annual survey of research participants about the experience of taking part in research.

How did you feel when approached about research?

“Very positive. I am keen to give something back to the system which is looking after me so well. I am receiving excellent care and attention.”

What was your motivation for taking part in the study?

“I am in full support of going forward with new treatments, not only to help myself but others who suffer from this debilitating disease.”

Further comments?

“Good experience, made to feel special and cared for.”

Our performance in research

The Trust is required to submit data on national targets to Department of Health and Social Care.

Performance in initiating research (PII)

Performance in initiating research is meeting the target of 70 days from HDFT receiving valid study information pack to recruiting first patient in all clinical studies for which HDFT was selected as a site in the previous twelve months.

Performance in delivering research (PID)

Performance in delivering research is recruiting to time and target to all commercial contract clinical studies hosted by HDFT that closed to recruitment in the previous twelve months.

Please click here to view HDFT data on performance.

Participants for financial year

Contact us

If you would like to know more about taking part in research or to find out if there are any studies suitable for you, please call 01423 555692 or email

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Key staff

Research Leads are:

Associate Medical Director for Research: Prof Alison Layton – 01423 557401 or

R&I Lead: Michelle Platton – 01423 555692 or

Useful links and information

The research service values the contribution of patients, carers and the public. We have two Patient Research Ambassadors as part of our team, who bring the patient/public view to our work.

Patient and Public Involvement is integral to the work of the National Institute of Health Research. There are many ways to get involved. If you are interested please contact us at or 01423 555692 or go to the National Institute of Health Research website to find out more.

  • UK Clinical Trials Gateway – A database of clinical research trials running in the UK – you can see if any are relevant to you and ask us or your doctor or nurse if these studies are open in our Trust.
  • Clinical trials NHS Choices – If you are approached about taking part in research please consider reading this resource before making your decision.