£750,000 awarded to UHCW to support research along with prestigious ‘Clinical Research Facility’ status

UHCW NHS Trust has been awarded prestigious ‘Clinical Research Facility’ status by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), with the NIHR providing £750,000 over the next five years to support research.

This recognises the dedicated, purpose-built facilities within University Hospital, Coventry which includes six Patient Research suites and three specialty units: the Human Metabolism Research Unit, the Biomedical Research Unit in Reproductive Health, and the Research Trials Treatment Centre.

Prof Chris Imray, Director of Research, Development and Innovation at UHCW NHS Trust said: “This really is fantastic news! The success reflects the sustained effort to develop both our research infrastructure and our research ambitions and strategy and puts UHCW on the map as a place where research happens. We wouldn’t have achieved this without the hard work of our staff and the support of our patients.”

Ceri Jones, Head of R,D&I at UHCW NHS Trust said: “Our aim is to speed up the translation of advances in basic biomedical research into effective treatments for the benefit of our patients, by increasing research activity and by providing staff from all professions with support, facilities and education to deliver world-class research. Securing NIHR CRF status is key to helping us deliver this.

“Being part of the NIHR CRF infrastructure will enable us to provide our patients with more opportunities to take part in research and help the NIHR achieve its vision to improve the health and wealth of the nation.”

It is the result of hard work over the past five years to develop a skilled CRF team to provide an environment which is safe and comfortable for our patients and where high quality early translational research is delivered to time. As a result, patient recruitment has more than tripled in five years and this year there has been investment in additional infrastructure.