Teaching and research

LRI institute library

South Tees has a growing reputation for our commitment to training, life-long learning and research and has strong links with some of the area’s leading universities including Teesside, Durham and Newcastle.

We have a purpose-built Institute of Learning, Research and Innovation with medical students doing their clinical placements on site and the trust is the host site for the County Durham and Tees Valley CLRN – Comprehensive Local NHS Research Network – to support high quality research for all diseases and areas of patient need.

We are also the host site for a new network of research design services, set up by the National Institute for Health Research, which supports investigators in the North East in preparing proposals for research to improve patients’ health and care.

A new surgical skills laboratory which gives surgical trainees and other health professionals the opportunity to enhance and improve their skills has also been opened, providing a dedicated room for the provision of local and national training courses run at the trust such as the Royal College of Surgeons Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills Course.

Some of the latest clinical trials we are involved with include:

  • Taking the lead role in the UK’s first national clinical trial on shoulder fractures to determine the best treatment for a proximal humerus fracture – or broken shoulder
  • Doctors, working in partnership with local industry and universities, helping to develop a new ‘smart dressing’ which could change the way patients’ wounds are managed and aid their recovery