Research and Development at MKUH

Research and Development is one of the three key aims that make up the strategy of Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Research is an essential part of making healthcare better. It can lead to new treatment or provide evidence of the best available treatments for a clinical condition. Without research there would be no new ways to treat you. It is just as important to your healthcare as your doctor and your hospital.

Research could not happen without the support of patients, carers and members of the public. Your help to assist us to improve services is vital, both for the present and future generations.

What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is a branch of medicine that looks at the safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, treatments and diagnostic tools planned for use in humans.

Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to see if a new test or treatment works and is safe. It may involve patients or healthy volunteers, or both.

Research is not just about testing new drugs; it is everything that can improve quality care and experience for our patients.

The aim of research is to:

  • develop new treatments and medicines
  • prevent illnesses
  • improve quality of life
  • improve our understanding of medical conditions
  • understand the emotional and physical support you need if you’re living with a medical condition.

Research at Milton Keynes

Over the last few years, Research and Development has been one of the fastest growing areas within the hospital and we are consistently in the top five small acute trusts in England for our research performance. We are actively involved in research that is developing and trialling new treatments for patients. We believe that conducting cutting-edge health research helps us to provide better care for our patients.

Our main clinical research areas are:

  • Cancer & Haematology
  • COVID-19
  • Reproductive Health
  • Intensive Care
  • Cardiology
  • Gastrointestinal & IBD
  • Respiratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Paediatrics
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Accident and Emergencies
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Ophthalmology

For more information on studies currently taking place at the hospital, please contact the team on the following number: 01908 995 137.

Visit the Be Part of Research website to search for and sign up to be contacted about research studies that interest you.


In recent years the quality of the R&D team’s work at MKUH has been recognised through a number of awards:

  • NIHR Thames Valley and South Midlands Highly Commended All-round High Performing Team 2020 – MKUH
  • Thames Valley Health Research Award Highly Commended Research Nurse of the Year 2020 – Louise Mew
  • Thames Valley Health Research Recognition of contribution to research through the Research Fellow Scheme 2020 – Annie Rose
  • Thames Valley Health Research Outstanding Research Champion 2020 – Edel Clare
  • Thames Valley Health Research Award Rising Star 2020 – Amy Oakley
  • Thames Valley Health Research Award Outstanding Team Leader 2019 – Lynn Wren
  • The 8th NIHR OTS Musculoskeletal Trauma Trials Award for Best Effort 2019 – MKUH
  • Thames Valley Health Research Award All-round High Performing Team 2019 – The Reproductive Health and Childbirth speciality
  • Thames Valley Health Research Award Highly Commended Outstanding Team Leader 2018 – Cheryl Padilla-Harris
  • Thames Valley Health Research Award Research Nurse of the Year 2018 – Diane Scaletta
  • Thames Valley Health Research Award All-round High Performing Team 2018 – MKUH Cardiology Research Team

Information for research volunteers
FAQs - Taking part in research
Meet the R&D team
Publications & Reports
Information for professionals
Processing of data
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