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.
*For the purposes of the league table data, individual GP practices have been grouped into their CCG region.
"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.
The biggest increase in research activity
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust feature at the top of the league table for the biggest year-on-year increase in studies; up 40 studies to 122.
Followed by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust with an increase of 36 studies [155 to 191].
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].
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
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.
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.