Our research

Research graphic Providing excellent care and facilities is central to all that we do, but there is a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in research that helps us find cures and better treatments for our women, children and families now and in the future. As an organisation, research excellence is measured according to our recruitment onto clinical trials.

Currently, we have several hundred active clinical trials and next year we are forecasting even more. 

At our Women's Hospital, we have world-leading research including in Genetics where we are looking the factors involved in the development of cancer and Gynaecology, where we host the National Centre for Miscarriage Research.

At our Children's Hospital, we carry out world-leading research and treatment for children with rare diseases which affect less than one in 100,000 children. Although rare diseases can affect many different parts of the body, the one thing that is common is that they all require care and treatment from several different specialist areas and if unrecognised they can lead to severe disabilities.

To learn more about our research and to find out how you can get involved please contact our research team.

National research report

In the National Research Report 2017/18 we've been ranked one of the highest performing Trusts to report an increase in the number of research studies in the past year. In the latest Research Activity League published by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), we are third in England, reporting a 23.8% increase in the number of research studies. During 2017 and 2018, we recruited no less than 4,731 participants to 177 studies. If you would like to get involved with research, please speak to your clinician and ask about the options in your relevant specialty.

Research performance

Like other NHS providers holding NIHR contracts, we are required to provide quarterly performance reports to the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility. These reports provide an overview of recruitment to clinical trials, including commercial contract clinical trials. They show whether the Trust has met the ’70 day benchmark’ of recruiting a patient into a trial within 70 days of receiving a valid application for approval to open the study.

The most recent reports can be found below:

For more information about these reports or any of the studies, please contact bwc.research@nhs.net.

Research activity performance of initiating clinical trials for Q2 2018/2019 [pdf] 301KB

Research activity performance of delivering clinical trials for Q2 2018/2019[pdf] 66KB ​​​​​​​

Research activity performance of initiating clinical trials for Q1 2018/2019 [pdf] 253KB

Research activity performance of delivering clinical trials for Q1 2018/2019 [pdf] 35KB ​​​​​​​

Research activity performance of delivering clinical trials for Q4 2017/2018 [pdf] 87KB

Research activity performance of initiating clinical trials for Q4 2017/2018 [pdf] 283KB

Research activity performance of delivering clinical trials for Q3 2017/2018 [pdf] 75KB

Research activity performance of initiating clinical trials for Q3 2017/2018[pdf] 337KB

Research activity performance of delivering clinical trials for Q2 2017/2018 [pdf] 86KB

Research activity performance of initiating clinical trials for Q2 2017/2018[pdf] 175KB