Our research, innovation and evaluation

Our research, innovation and evaluation

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How to get involved in health research

Patients benefit enormously from research and innovation, with breakthroughs enabling prevention of ill-health, earlier diagnosis, more effective treatments, better outcomes and faster recovery. Within NHS Vale of York CCG we are fortunate to have a number of research active General Practices.

If you are a patient and would like to take part in research you can

  1. Ask your GP if there are any research studies that you would be eligible to participate in
  2. Visit Be Part of Research to search for a research study most suitable for you
  3. Read about current work below


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The NIHR provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. 

NIHR helps researchers to set up clinical studies quickly and effectively; support the life-sciences industry to deliver their research programmes; provide health professionals with research training; and work with patients to ensure their needs are at the very centre of all research activity.  Please visit https://www.nihr.ac.uk/ for more information.

NIHR 'OK to ask' campaign 

The NIHR marked International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) falls on 20 May each year, with its ‘Ok to ask’ campaign calling on patients and carers to ask their doctor about NHS research they can take part in.

In the last year 630,000 people across the UK volunteered to take part in a clinical trial or study. They do so because they want the chance to possibly benefit from new treatments. But also to help others like them, now and in the future, with their condition https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news/the-nihr-ok-to-ask-campaign-encourages-patients-to-take-part-in-research/1192

NIHR I am research campaign

"I Am Research" gives patients, the public and health and social care research professionals a chance to shout about how fantastic research is. The aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it has on people's lives. Please visit https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news-and-events/support-our-campaigns/i-am-research/ for further information.

NIHR Involve

INVOLVE was established in 1996 and is part of, and funded by, the NIHR, to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. It is one of the few government funded programmes of its kind in the world.  For more information please visit http://www.invo.org.uk/

GLAD study of Depression and Anxiety

The worlds largest study of depression and anxiety fudned by the NIHR and part of the NIHR BioResource.

Are you 16+, living in Engaland and ever had clinical or serious anxiety and/or depression? Patients with Bipolar Disorder, BDD, OCD or related disprters are welcome to join. Visit www.gladstudy.org.uk 

NIHR CRN Yorkshire & Humber Travel bursary scheme

The aim of the travel bursary scheme is to support new researchers to attend local, national or international meetings to present their research findings.

This will support dissemination of original research from Yorkshire and Humber. It will also support our new researchers in networking in their area of research.

To be eligible to apply new researchers need to have had an abstract accepted at a meeting..

The level of funding available depends on the location of the meeting.

  • Local/Regional support (Maximum £50)  
  • National Support (Maximum £100)
  • International support (Maximum £250)

The application form is linked here https://forms.gle/fK9qbHfa7okKmrfD6 and researchers must attach a copy of the accepted abstract with their application.

Applications will be considered by a panel including medical, nursing, AHP and PPI expertise.

The closing date for applications is 20th September 2019. Please note there will be a further round for the travel bursary scheme in November 2019.

If you have any problems completing the form, or any questions please contact Lyndsay Dale (lyndsay.dale@nihr.ac.uk)

Join Dementia Research 

JDR are pleased to announce that over 20,000 study participants have been involved in vital research thanks to Join Dementia Research.  The innovative service allows anyone to register their interest in dementia research so that they can be matched to potential studies they may be eligible to take part in.  Stats released on Monday 5 August 2019, show 20,167 participants in total have now been recruited to studies.  This is wonderful news, and an important milestone for Join Dementia Research. Launched back in February 2015 in response to the Challenge on Dementia, the service has made it easier than ever for people living in the UK to take part in dementia research.   If you haven’t already signed up and are keen to support Join Dementia Research please take a moment to log on and register https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/

Join Dementia Research Volunteer and study data 30th July 2019

Research outcomes 2018/2019

2018/19 has been a record breaking year for clinical research across England, with a total of 870,250 participants taking part in NIHR Clinical Research Network supported studies - the highest number on record with an increase of 140,000 more than in 2017/18. Last year more than 6,000 studies were supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network and 50% of NHS trusts and 61% of CCG regions increased the number of studies that were available to patients.  There is a growing body of evidence which suggests that research-active hospitals have lower mortality rates, and better patient outcomes, so the NIHR Clinical Research Network will continue to work closely with NHS organisations to ensure that research continues to be offered to people as part of quality patient care. See the results of our local trust and CCG region by visiting: 


Campaign to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (CROP)

Many doctors and professional bodies are concerned about rising opioid prescribing in general practice. Much of this prescribing is for chronic non-cancer pain, which is often difficult to treat. There is little evidence for the effectiveness of opioids in chronic pain but accumulating research indicating that the harms of opioids to patients can outweigh benefits. As well as addiction, prescribed opioids are associated with higher risks of hospitalisation, psychosocial problems, and premature death. Additionally, 80% of patients taking opioids will experience at least one adverse effect e.g. constipation, nausea, itching, and dizziness. Therefore, we are undertaking a Campaign for the Reduction of Opioid Prescribing (CROP) across Vale of York CCG member practices to reduce opioid prescribing for chronic pain. The CROP team is working with your practice and CCG to help reduce opioid prescribing and lower the risk of preventable complications by creating reports for practices to review the appropriateness of their opioid prescribing. We encourage practices to keep reviewing their prescribing of opioids. Potential risks should be carefully balanced in relation to patient benefit, and alternatives to opioids should be considered where appropriate.


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HRA Approval brings together the HRA’s assessment of governance and legal compliance with the independent ethical opinion by a Research Ethics Committee (REC). 

HRA approval is for all project based research involving the NHS and Health and Social Care (HSC) that is being led from England that requires review by an NHS research ethics committee. Further information and link to the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) https://www.hra.nhs.uk/approvals-amendments/what-approvals-do-i-need/hra-approval/

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Other useful websites

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network
The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Science Network (AHSN) is one of fifteen innovative health networks set up to create and harness strong, purposeful partnerships between patients, health services, industry and academia:

NHS Research and Development Forum
The NHS R&D Forum is about leading, promoting, shaping and influencing quality health research and for anyone whose professional role or interests include the management and quality of health research and the strategic development of health research across the NHS and wider health economy.

The Clinical Research Network (CRN)
The Clinical Research Network (CRN) comprises of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRN) that cover the length and breadth of England. For any study that is eligible or applying for Network support, whether commercially or non-commercially sponsored, the CRN offers a range of services across the research pathway that will help study feasibility, set up and delivery.

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Our research partnerships

Details of our research partners and research being undertaken within their organisation:

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (YTHFT)

YTHFT are currently research active in the following clinical areas and are always on the lookout to develop research in new areas: Anesthetics, Cardiology, Dermatology, Diabetes, Gastro, Hematology, Microbiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Renal, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Sexual Health, and Stroke.  If you would like information about research at York Hospital please contact the Research and Development department https://www.research.yorkhospitals.nhs.uk/about-us1/

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV)

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust provide opportunities to take part in many forms of research. This research and development is not possible without service users whose involvement makes a difference.  For further information please visit the https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/get-involved/research-and-development/

University of York

As a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University of York is committed to enhancing their position as one of the world's premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research.   For more information https://www.york.ac.uk/research/

University of York St John


City of York Council

Public Health is responsible for the health of people living, working, studying and visiting York. The Faculty of Public Health defines public health as:

"The science and art of promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society"


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Contact us about research

NHS Vale of York CCG Research and Development contact details

Jo Holmes, Research and Development Manager

West Offices, York, YO1 6GA

Tel: 01904 555983 Mobile: 07594089998 or

Email:  joanne.holmes@nhs.net

Research as defined by the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) is: ‘The attempt to derive generalizable new knowledge including studies that aim to generate hypotheses as well as studies that aim to test them.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 places a statutory duty for clinical commissioning groups to promote and support research and innovation and the use of research evidence and, NHS England supports the goal for every willing patient to be a research participant.