CLINICAL RESEARCH: University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust has been appointed to run a local branch of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, it has been announced.

The trust is one of 15 in the country to be selected to run a branch of the network which works to increase the opportunities for the region’s patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently.

As the chosen trust for the West of England, UH Bristol will be awarded a five year contract from the Department of Health through the NIHR, and will take responsibility for distributing approximately £15m of funding per year, to support clinical research across the whole area.

Trust chief executive Robert Woolley said: “This is the second boost for researchers in our area within a month. In August it was announced that UH Bristol would host an NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).

“The team in the West of England, known as CLAHRC West, was awarded £9m. I am delighted that today’s announcement gives us a further opportunity to ensure research is at the forefront of our work as an NHS foundation trust, and the work of other hospitals and surgeries in the area.”