Research and development
As a research active Trust our patients consequently have greater access to evidence-based treatments, therapies and services.
All patients should have the right to take part in clinical
research if they wish to do so and research should be embedded into
NHS patient care.
Areas of research
- Women's health
Why do it?
Patients and the public are vital to successful research in the
NHS. Without patients volunteering to take part in research, we
would not be able to develop new drugs to treat illnesses, or
design new equipment to scan patients or develop new tests to
How can I help?
There are many different types of research within the NHS.
Research studies are developed specifically for illness or
diseases. For instance, some studies may require for you to take
study medication every day and come into the hospital for a few
extra visits; other studies may only require you to complete a
questionnaire and/or a blood sample on the day you are in hospital.
Some studies are even open to friends and family members who do not
have the same illness. Your contribution to research will provide
valuable answers to patients just like you all over the world.
Your agreement to take part in any research is voluntary. If you
do decide to volunteer, the most important thing we consider is
your freedom to choose and your safety. You will not be asked to do
anything that you are not comfortable with, and you can choose to
withdraw and and to change your mind at any point. This will not
affect your future care in the hospital at all. All information
that we collect from you will be anonymised and stored securely. We
do not give out your contact details to third parties. If you would
like to find out more general information about how we handle your
data in line with current General Data Protection Regulations
(GDPR) please click on the link: https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/
Sounds great - so how do I get involved?
There are several ways to get involved in research.
1. You can ask your medical health
professional. The next time you come to the hospital or you see
your GP you can ask the doctor and nurse if they have any research
suitable for you to participate in.
2. Contact the R&D team.
If you are interested in speaking to a member of the R&D
team to find out more please contact us:
Phone: 01702 385089
Write to: Dr Craig Mackerness, Research and
Development Manager, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 0RY