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.
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:
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:
For more information on studies currently taking place at the hospital, please contact the team on the number below:
Alternatively, you can visit the National Institute for Health Research website and, under the ‘NHS organisation’ search option, type in ‘Milton Keynes University Hospital’ and all of the studies will be listed.
In recent years the quality of the R&D team’s work at MKUH has been recognised through a number of awards: