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Research and Development

Our patients are at the centre of all our research activity here at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, and we are involved in research to make a real difference to people's lives.

Research is all about discovering new knowledge that could lead to more effective treatments, policies and care for NHS patients.

Why is research important? Click here to visit our 'Why Research' page to find out more.

Success in research is achieved through collaboration and we work with patients, researchers and industry to deliver high quality research.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust is a partner organisation of the North East and North Cumbria Local Clinical Research Network whom provide funding to the Trust to support National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studies.  For more information on the NIHR please visit http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/


Our Team


RM&G Team – 0191 2831283
Research Delivery Team (Doctors, Nurses & Data Managers) – 01914041000 ext 2260/4756  


Get Involved in Research

(For further information around the new General Data Protections Regulations and how this affects you as a patient taking part in a research study, please follow the link – https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/ )

The Trust is involved is involved in lots of research studies across different disease areas.  The majority of research is concentrated in the following areas; Cancer, Cardiology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Reproductive Health, Respiratory, Stroke, Tissue Viability, Anaesthesia.

The research we do ranges from clinical trials of new medicines or treatments to questionnaire studies.  Research is not possible without patients and your involvement makes a difference. For more information on research at South Tyneside and some of the studies currently recruiting please read our newsletters 

To find out how to get involved in clinical research please watch the ‘Find a Clinical Research Study’ video clip below.

If you would like to discuss opportunities to get involved in more detail please  contact a member of the team using the contact details above

Getting involved in clinical trials makes a difference, to see and hear stories of people involved in research please visit the websites below

Our Performance 

The Government want to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of all NHS providers undertaking clinical research.  The aim is to increase the number of patients given the opportunity to participate in research and to ensure research is set up efficiently.  From October 2014 South Tyneside will publish its performance against two targets:


Latest Research News


June 2018 - South Tyneside patients with COPD and emphysema offered low dose CT scan to pick up lung changes which may be an early sign of cancer


Calling all Research-interested staff ... The Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria have launched a Greenshoots scheme, it is open to all research interested clinical staff (consultants, medical, nursing and AHP) who have not previously received research network support or been a Principle Investigator (PI) in the last five years

Two awards are available:

Non-commercial activity – 0.5 PA/ 0.05wte with the option of increasing to 1PA/0.2wte if undertaking the PGClinRes (for 12months commencing 1st April 2017)
Commercial activity - 0.5 PA/ 0.05wte with the option of increasing to 1PA/0.2wte if undertaking the PGClinRes (for 12months commencing 1st April 2017) followed by 0.25/0.025wte funding in year 2 (commenning 1st April 2018 which must be matched by the emplying organisation.

For more information please read the information below and contact the Research and Development Department on 0191 402 8194 to discuss in more detail

  Congratulations to the GI Research Team who have been shortlisted for a HSJ award for Clinical Research Impact. GI Research is well established at South Tyneside, over the last 10 years the team has expanded and through collaboration with academic and industry partners; regionally, nationally and internationally the trust are a key partner in many research studies. Research is integrated throughout the team providing significant benefit to patients through access to the latest treatments and technologies ( Read more > )

International Clinical Trials Day 2016 – On Friday20th Mayresearch undertaken at South Tyneside Hospital will be showcased in recognition of International Clinical Trials Day.  The Research Team will be present in the main entrance and outpatients and staff and patients are welcome to come along to lean about the exciting developments and opportunities in research.  South Shields Medics Leading The-Way In Research - (Shields Gazette Article)

The Research Team The Research Team



Recognition for contribution to commercial research -  Consultant Respiratory Physician Dr Liz Fuller has been nationally recognised for her significant contribution to commercial research.  Dr fuller was nominated by the NIHR Clinical Research Network: North East and North Cumbria for delivering a range of studies and achieving recruitment targets on time.  Well done to Liz and all of the team.   South Shields Doctor Recognised For Research Into Chest Complaints - (Shields Gazette Article)



Drums please…….and the NIHR Clinical Research Network: North East and North Cumbria Team of the Month for June 2016 is the Cardiology Research Team at South Tyneside – Cardiology research at South Tyneside has increased significantly since 2014.  Huge congratulations to all of the team on being recongnised as the team of the month.  



Professor Colin Rees – we are very excited to announce that Professor Colin Rees has been awarded the Royal Collage of Physicians/NIHR award in recognition of outstanding research leadership.  Colin has been integral to the promotion and development of research across the trust, leading several high quality research projects.

South Tyneside Research Study wins Award  The research team at South Tyneside are delighted to have received the Chief Investigator/Study Team of the Year Award for leading the DISCARD II trial  
Insight Magazine 


International Clinical Trials Day 
 Clinical Trials DayInternational Clinical Trials day is celebrated annually around the world on or near the 20 May. The day commemorates the first ever clinical trial conducted by James Lind examining the causes of scurvy amongst sailors. Our Trust is committed to the promotion and conduct of clinical research. The Research and Development Team celebrated Clinical Trials Day through supporting and promoting national and local research initiatives ‘OK to Ask’ and ‘Making Research Better’ . Ok to Ask is a national campaign which aims to encourage more patients or carers to ask about research opportunities that could be available to them or their loved ones. ‘Making research better’ www.makingresearchbetter.co.uk is a website for patients across the North East and North Cumbria promoting clinical research across the region. The website showcases videos from patients discussing their experiences of being involved in research and it allows patients to find out more about research that is pertinent to their conditions. This website also has a registration page for anyone who would like to be considered for a research study in the future. 

The team received a fantastic response from patients, public, & carers, all were very interested to hear what research we deliver locally at South Tyneside and where they can go for more information.Research is underway in a number of clinical specialities and during 2014/15 the research team recruited approximately 600 patients to 40 different trials.

OK to ask campaign  
The OK to ask campaign for this year has officially launched with the aim of encouraging more patients or carers to ask about research opportunities that could be available to them or their loved ones.  For more information please visit http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/blog/news/roll-up-to-support-the-ok-to-ask-campaign/


Training and Events 

Everyone involved in the conduct of clinical research must have training to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities, the North East and North Cumbria Local Clinical Research Network provide a range of research training courses – visit the training section of the website for more information.