NIHR Research Activity League Table

What is the League Table?

Each year, the Research Activity League Table is published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), to detail research activity across all NHS trusts in England. The table provides a picture of how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many patients.

Find out where your local NHS trust or clinical commissioning group (CCG) features on this year's NIHR Activity Research League Table

This year (2017/18) the league table reveals that 53 per cent of NHS trusts across England increased their research activity during 2017/18.

48 per cent of Clinical Commissioning Group* (CCG) regions across England have also seen an increase in research activity.

This has given more than 725,000 participants access to better treatments and care during 2017/18, the highest number since records began. You can read all of the NIHR CRN's annual statistics for 2017/18 here.

*For the purposes of the league table data, individual GP practices have been grouped into their CCG region.

A personal message from Jonathan Sheffield, NIHR Clinical Research Network, Chief Executive Officer

"Another fantastic year for trusts and CCG regions delivering research across England.

The league table is really about giving research opportunities to all patients in the NHS. Listen to patients' stories, of the powerful effect that research has on their lives and I believe we're still only scratching the surface of the potential that the NHS has to deliver for high quality clinical research. In it's 70th Anniversary year, let's make this year even more successful." 

Watch more videos from our stakeholders explaining what the league table means to them.

View the NIHR Research Activity League Table 2017/18.

2017/18 Research Activity League Table headlines

Top of the league table for...

The number of studies

  • The league table is topped in terms of number of studies by Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the seventh year running with the 550 studies supported by the trust.

The biggest increase in research activity

Commercial research activity

  • For the third year in a row Barts Health NHS Trust was top of the table for research activity in the number of commercial research studies, supporting 158 studies in 2017/18 [up nine studies on 2016/17].

  • See the top ten trusts supporting the largest volume of commercial research studies

  • For the first time The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is top of the table for the increase in research activity in commercial studies, up 26 studies in 2017/18 [117 to 143].

Research in the Community

CCG region commercial research

  • 28 per cent of CCG regions have supported more commercial contract research research than they did last year. In 2017/18 four CCGs regions across England equally supported 14 commercial contract studies to top the league table. These are: 

    NHS Bath and North East Somerset 
    NHS Kernow CCG
    NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG 
    NHS Wiltshire CCG 

  • See the top ten list of CCG regions supporting the most commercial contract studies 

  • Giving people the opportunity to participate in commercial contract studies provides them with access to the very latest drugs and medical devices available.
    NHS Warwickshire North topped the table in terms of recruitment into commercial studies in CCGs with 1,469 participants - up from 76 in 2016/17.

Participant recruitment up by more than 60,000 on 2017/18 topping out at 725,333

A total of 725,333 people participated in NIHR Clinical Research Network supported clinical research studies - the highest number since records began and a nine per cent increase since 2016/17.

  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust topped the table in terms of participants recruited this year with 20,937 participants recruited.

  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust saw the biggest increase in the numbers of participants recruiting 6,478 more than last year (19,179 in total.)

More people than ever are recruited into commercial contract studies

The NIHR Clinical Research Network helped recruit 50,112 people into commercial contract clinical research studies across England - a 45 per cent increase from 2016/17.

  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust topped the table in terms of participants recruited into commercial studies, with 1,729 participants recruited.  

  • Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust saw the largest increase in the number of participants recruited into commercial contract studies with 1,227 in 2017/18 (up from 210 in 2016/17.)