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Southend University Hospital tops the league for clinical research

06 September 2012

Health Care

Southend University Hospital's reputation as a thriving research organisation continues to grow.

Southend University Hospital's reputation as a thriving research organisation continues to grow: it has just been named the best medium-sized acute trust in the East of England. And nationally the hospital ranked ninth out of 49 in the same category for recruiting patients onto clinical trials.

Hospital chief executive, Jacqueline Totterdell, who is also chair of the Essex and Herts comprehensive local research network (CLRN), said: "This is a tremendous achievement and reflects the hard work and passion for research which is prevalent throughout the hospital.

"I firmly believe that research is an intrinsic component of good patient care. The work done by researchers now will bring enormous benefits to patients in the future.

"After all, the drugs, treatments and medical devices which are used routinely in clinical settings today are only available because someone in the past dedicated themselves to some rigorous and invaluable research."

The future of healthcare depends on health service professionals to keep up that vital tradition, she added.

"Southend University Hospital is rapidly becoming more and more recognised as a research-oriented organisation and I am delighted that this has been reflected in these latest rankings."