South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a nationally recognised centre for excellence in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, covering 2 million people in the region from Cumbria, County Durham and North Yorkshire.
Alongside excellence in patient care and education, research is a key pillar of the department, growing sustainably over time.
It is recognised that participation in research within an NHS organisation drives a culture of excellence and improves outcomes.
In turn, patient care is enhanced through proven developments in diagnosis and treatment.
National leader in cardiovascular research
Over the last five years, we have developed as a national leader in cardiovascular research.
We have attracted over £8million in research grants as chief investigators or co-applicants awarded from diverse national sources.
The sources include the prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and national charitable funders including the British Heart Foundation and commercial organisations.
From our strengths in clinical delivery, along with our academic leadership, the Academic Cardiovascular Unit (ACU) was born.
The vision of the ACU
- to develop our research infrastructure
- to solidify the institutional arrangements with our academic partners
- to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence in cardiovascular research
- to increase our delivery of NIHR portfolio trials
- and most importantly, to develop and deliver research that impacts patients and the wider NHS