Published: Friday, August 31st, 2012
Showcasing our research
This month’s blog is about research, an area of particular interest to me.
I firmly believe that research is crucial to the NHS in two ways. Research activity helps us investigate, test out and develop responses to the challenges we face. It improves the sum of our knowledge and our understanding and it can lead to improvements in healthcare quality, better outcomes and care for patients and improved performance. Research takes forward the ways by which everyone in healthcare can provide improvements for patients and research is also the way our NHS gives back real living benefits to everyone.
Research is carried out by all the clinical departments at the Golden Jubilee – from Anaesthetics and Critical Care, Cardiology and Cardiothoracic to Orthopaedics and our national services - the Scottish Advanced Heart Failure Service, Scottish Pulmonary Vascular Unit, and the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service.
In recent years, I’ve been increasingly impressed by the development of our research activity. We have successfully recruited to 15 drug studies and 19 device studies, with many of these still recruiting. We currently have 64 active clinical trials – and that’s in addition to 40 additional trials that have been opened, recruited patients and closed in the last five years.
We’re also starting to be involved in research projects trialling gene therapies, for example the PROTECT project which is managed by theUniversityofGlasgow, and there are a number of other gene therapy trials in the pipeline.
Current research projects are benefitting enormously by the support of our on site clinical skills and research centre - the Beardmore Centre for Health Science - which is proving itself an exceptional resource for training and research acrossScotlandand theUnited Kingdom.
So it is a real pleasure to mark how far we have come by letting you know that the centre will be hosting the Inaugural Golden Jubilee National Hospital Research Day on Friday 28 September as part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations.
Chaired by Professor Keith Oldroyd, our Director of Research and Development, the day will showcase research within our four main clinical areas - Cardiology; Cardiothoracic surgery; Anaesthetics and Orthopaedic surgery.
We’re also very fortunate to have the Chief Scientist, Professor Andrew Morris, provide the keynote address, as well as plenary sessions presented by our own clinicians.
This is another step forward in our research activity and a mark of the importance we place on it.
If you think you might be interested, you can find out more about the Research Day by contacting our Research Manager, Catherine Sinclair on 0141 951 5440 or going to:
From the Board and, I’m sure, everyone at Golden Jubilee, we wish the day every success.