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 

  • Rheumatology
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Renal
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • 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 diagnose diseases. 

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: 

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 385669

Write to: Bernard Hadebe, R&D Lead Research Nurse, Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 0RY