Clinical Research and Trials

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is part of the highly successful National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer Research network.

This forms part of the UK clinical Research Network and was established to improve the cancer research infra structure in the NHS. The network supports and delivers high quality clinical research.

Why get involved?

If you have treatment in the NHS one of your treatment options maybe a clinical trial. Clinical trials are research studies which involve patients and are designed to test new ways of:-

  • Preventing disease
  • Screening/diagnosing conditions
  • Treating illnesses and
  • Improving quality of life

Why are trials important?

Clinical trials are the best way to compare different approaches to preventing and treating illness and health problems. Health professionals and patients need the evidence from trials to know which treatments work best. Without trials, there is a risk that people could be given treatments which have no advantage, waste resources and might even be harmful. Many treatments that are now in common use in health care were tested in clinical research.