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NHS Oxfordshire CCG region tops the table for research


Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) region undertook the most primary care clinical research studies and recruited the highest number of participants last year, according to a national league table from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The league table is published by the NIHR Clinical Research Network and aims to make engagement in clinical research more transparent and accessible to patients, health and social care professionals and decision-makers.

The table provides a picture of research activity across all NHS trusts and CCG regions in England. The table data includes how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many patients.

Last year CCG regions contributed to 425 research studies on the Portfolio, recruiting more than 110,000 participants. This shows great commitment to improving patient care through research into primary care.  

The 2018-19 table published on 2 July and shows that NHS Oxfordshire CCG region had recruited to the most clinical research studies (58) and recruited the highest number of participants (5,921), followed by NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG region (55 studies) and NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG region (46 studies).

The primary care specialty saw an increase in studies open for recruitment last year - with 242 studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network in total - and this is in part due to an improved uptake of CCG regions recruiting to studies across England.

NHS Sheffield CCG region is recognised as the most improved, increasing their number of studies recruited to from 22 in 2017-18 to 37 in 2018-19. 

Associate Professor Philip Evans MPhil FRCGP is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Primary Care, he said:

“These impressive figures from the highest recruiting CCG regions demonstrate a commitment to research across the whole of the regions. From public health to participants recruited in general practices, dental surgeries and nursing homes they demonstrate a system-wide approach to research which is an example for all.

“Ensuring that more clinical research is taking place in primary care settings is essential to delivering the best possible research for some of the most common health challenges we face today. 

“With a key focus of the NHS Long Term Plan around improving out of hospital care and services, the direction of travel is around treating more patients in the community rather than in hospital settings - closer to their homes - and this can only be a good thing in terms of improving participation in research.”

Dr Nick Thomas, Clinical Champion for Clinical Research at the Royal College of GPs, said: 

“Research is an essential part of developing modern medicine, and with general practice at the forefront of patient care, it’s vital that GPs and our teams are spearheading studies with the aim to make things better for our patients, staff, and the wider NHS.

“It’s fantastic to see so many GP practices getting involved in research, and we would encourage primary care professionals across the country to see how they can take part in similar initiatives. Improving patient care is central to our work, and we look forward to seeing how this research helps to achieve that.”

The clinical research league table is available at: