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What does the League Table mean?

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Welcome to the NIHR Research Activity League Table

COMING SOON... 2016/17 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 (2015/16) the league table reveals that every NHS trust in England is delivering clinical research, providing thousands more patients with access to better treatments and care. Over 60 per cent of NHS trusts increased their research activity.

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

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

Watch a personal video message from Dr Jonathan Sheffield, providing an insight into the 2015/16 NIHR Activity Research League Table, and some of the highlights and achievements.

The league table results are a great achievement for all involved, and highlight the growing commitment to research from the NHS and patients. Special congratulations go to Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust for ensuring that research is consistently embedded as part of everyday patient care, and also to Barts Health NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for the largest increase in research studies over the past year.

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

View the league table.

2015/16 league table headlines

NHS engagement

  • The league table reveals that 100 per cent of NHS trusts in England are delivering clinical research, providing thousands more patients with access to better treatments and care. Over 60 per cent of NHS trusts increased their research activity.

Top of the league table

  • The league table is topped by Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the fifth year running with the highest number of research studies [514].

Biggest increase in research activity

  • Barts Health NHS Trust feature at the top of the league table for the biggest increase in studies from last year [279 to 335] joint with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust [365 to 421] who both saw a 56 study increase.

Commercial research activity

  • Commercial research activity is an added feature for the 2015/16 league table. Barts Health NHS Trust is the top trust for the highest number of commercial studies [114 studies].

 Research in the community

  • Primary care research is also highlighted as part of the table showing Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) regions. Greater Manchester NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG, achieved a remarkable 700 per cent increase in research activity from last year's data.


What does the league table mean to you?

Promoting, conducting and using clinical research to improve treatments for NHS patients in England is part of the NHS England Constitution – and a research-active NHS is a clear priority for patients.

Watch our stakeholder videos and hear from people from across the country, from charities and industry, to patients about what the league table means to them. 



"It is critical that research is seen as core business in the NHS."

Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Director, Professor Steve Robson