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​​​​​​The Research and Innovation Team is committed to bringing the best patient care to the people of Staffordshire through new drugs and treatments by using innovative research and fostering creative ideas.

In this section you will find information about the R&D Team including who we are, the work we do, and how you can get involved.

There is also information for staff on the ways we can offer support and we are particularly keen to hear from companies, organisations, and charities who would like to work in partnership with us to further develop research and development opportunities.

We are currently reviewing and adding new content to these pages so please keep checking back for more information.

In the meantime, if you would like more information on Research and Development please e-mail resea​​ or call 01782 675381.​

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we are a 'research active' organisation, which means we actively seek and support the development and delivery of potentially the best innovative new treatments for our patients.

Our researchers are internationally renowned and take part in global research to help a whole range of medical conditions. Through our collaboration with Keele University, leading professors and research scientists are now working alongside our clinicians to deliver ground-breaking research that can help patients not just in Staffordshire, but all over the world.

Within their specialist labs on the Trust's site, Keele researchers are devising new drugs and new treatments at a laboratory bench, which doctors and nurses are then delivering directly to patients' bedsides.

This means we have home-grown treatments which have been developed in the Trust's site now being trialed directly with our patients in areas such as Cancer, Stroke and Diabetes.​

Research and Innovation – What we Do?

The R&I Department develops opportunities to find innovative treatments and looks for ideas for new products or procedures to help further improve patient care.

For our work on research there are two main areas:

1.    Home-grown research and NHS research

As a research active organisation our own staff and clinicians suggest ideas for research based on their experience and the needs of their patients. We also support national studies and trials run by the NHS.

2.    Commercial research
We also work in partnership with other public and private organisations to help in the development of a drug or equipment to take to market. This may include other health organisations and pharmaceutical companies who want to use our expertise and invite our patients to take part in research.

​Want to carry out some Research?

If you have an idea for a research study, in the first instance, please contact our Academic Team via e-mail at

​Innovation is key to Unlocking Future Developments

If you have ever had that light bulb moment when you can see a better way of doing something or had an idea for a new piece of equipment to help patients, then our Commercial Development Team wants to hear from you.

They work with patients through to doctors and nurses, indeed anyone working at the Trust, to develop new ideas. These may include innovations to improve the way we work or ideas to further improve the care offer. An example may be an idea for a new piece of equipment to help patients.

Ideas into a Reality

Our Commercial Development Team looks at turning an idea into a reality.

Not only can they help to bring ideas into practice on our wards and clinics but also develop ideas for sale in the commercial market. Using their specialist experience, the Commercial Development Team offers expert guidance to help make an idea into a saleable commodity. The money raised is then re-invested in services and care at the Trust.​

​​Contact the team via e-mail at

Staff Training and Development Opportunities with Research and Development

There are a number of opportunities offering training and support to Trust staff to help them develop their skills and experience in delivering research trials.

All our courses are free of charge and offered by our friendly and experienced staff. Places are limited so booking is required.

GCP Training

GCP training is provided by the NIHR and here is the link for the e-learning GCP.

Here at UHNM we work in partnership with the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands. This organisation helps to increase opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and supports the Government's Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in the West Midlands.

It is the largest (by population) of 15 local branches in a co-ordinated national Network

The Network team is passionate about the contribution that clinical research can make to patient care, and works collaboratively with other NHS providers to translate that passion into the effective delivery of studies in the area.

It makes sure that clinical research occupies the place it deserves to in the day-to-day work of the NHS across the West Midlands locality. This includes Trusts, primary care organisations and any other qualified providers of NHS services.

Further information and contact details can be found on the website:​​

The Clinical Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research, the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS.

Whether you are making an enquiry or would like to find out more information about research as a UHNM patient, researcher or representative from a commercial company, please contact us at:​

The Research & Innovation Department

Courtyard Annexe (C Block)

University Hospitals of North Midlands

Royal Stoke University Hospital​

Newcastle Road




Telephone; 01782 675381


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World Clinical Trial's Day 2021

Happy International Clinical Trials day 2021!

International Clinical Trials day is our chance to say a big thank you to all the amazing people who conduct, coordinate or participate in clinical trials. Thanks to Clinical research we can make advances in healthcare and develop new treatments to help our patients.  This has never been more important than during the  coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

So thank you to patients, researchers,  healthcare professionals and collaborators your efforts and expertise enable this vital research to happen!


Celebrating Research and Innovation at UHNM

Last financial year at UHNM we participated in 11 Urgent Public Health COVID-19 studies and recruited a total of 6,023 patients to COVID-19 studies.

During this time we supported several national Clinical Trials of an Investigational Medicinal Product (CTIMP), participating in the trials enabled us to offer a range of treatments to patients which were reviewed quickly to determine efficacy. This facilitated the effective treatments being offered to all appropriate patients diagnosed with Covid -19.

UHNM is the 2nd highest recruiting site in the UK for the Randomised, Embedded, Multifactorial, Adaptive Platform CAP trial,  the broad objective of this trial is to determine and continuously update the optimal set of treatments for community-acquired pneumonia.  

The International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infections Committee (ISARIC) study created tools for investigators to collect and store data in a standardised way and has supported clinical trials of treatments.  UHNM is one of the top recruiting sites in the West Midlands!

Our recovery plan is well under way, we are opening new studies all the time. This is an exciting time to be part of research as we continue to work with all specialisms across the UHNM.

Be apart of research

Patients and the public can find out which studies you can be involved in and how you can take part in research by visiting the Be Part of Research website 

Find out how you can help make a difference to the COVID-19 vaccine development by registering for the NHS Vaccine Research Registry

Opportunities for patient and public involvement in research:

Interested in a career in research?