The Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust is one of the most research active trusts in the country, topping the NIHR research league table for seven consecutive years. As a Trust, we carry out around 120 commercial trials each year through strong partnership with industry, bringing the latest treatments to our patients.
Research+Me Online Registry is jointly managed by the NIHR Patient Recruitment Centre: Newcastle (NIHR PRC: Newcastle) and the Newcastle Joint Research Office (NJRO). We are one of the UK’s first clinical trials facilities in the NHS to specialise in late phase (phase 3 or 4) commercial trials. We have a standalone facility on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality in Newcastle between Westgate Road and Studley Terrace, in Fenham. We are a dedicated team who are all passionate about research, led by Professor Yan Yiannakou, our Clinical Director.
We work closely with the NIHR Clinical Research Network – North East and North Cumbria and also GP Federations and local primary care who may send out text messages to alert you to join the registry for up and coming trials.
In the NHS, patients are generally recruited to trials though specialist clinics, but many patients with common chronic conditions are managed outside hospitals, either by their GP or through self-care. Efficient recruitment to trials of common chronic conditions (such as migraine, moderate asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, mild to moderate depression and common skin conditions) can be challenging.
The NIHR PRC: Newcastle is one of five newly established NHS clinical trials centres that specifically fill this niche by developing a capability to recruit from the surrounding community, as well as from within the Trust.
Our most valued partnership is with our patients and local communities. We aim to provide an enhanced patient experience and participant journey.
Equally important though, is the opportunity to work with experienced specialist consultants, acting as Principal Investigators on relevant studies, from across the North East and Cumbria.
Research+Me online registry has already helped recruit participants for a number of Covid-19 treatment trials and can support participant recruitment to clinical research trials for a broad range of conditions, across the Trust.
In order to make research opportunities more readily available to our local community, we have developed the Research+Me online registry. It provides a direct route for you to access research that is relevant to your condition, or participate as a healthy volunteer for studies such as those looking at new vaccines.
NIHR PRC: Newcastle is a pioneering centre for virtual trials in the UK. These research trials are open to participants from anywhere in the country, without the need to attend clinics, and all devices or treatments are sent to you. All consultations are conducted by telephone or video conferencing software and you may be asked to fill in a paper or e-diary.
Our Partnership with the NJRO
We have collaborated with the NJRO and their team of developers to build the online registry and your personal data will be safe and secure, using the REDCap system.
Our ethos is to improve the health and wellbeing of our local and wider communities. The NIHR PRC: Newcastle has access to all NHS support services, easy parking and public transport connections, all helping to deliver a positive patient experience.