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Research and Development

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.

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 recently published a three year research strategy that sets out our goals of increasing the amount and variety of research that we do. In order to achieve our ambitious plans over the next three years, we have set the following six themes for the R&D team to focus on:

  1. Increasing research output and R&D income;
  2. Developing staff capacity and expertise in doing research;
  3. Enhancing our relationships with local, regional and national networks;
  4. Creating a robust R&D organisational structure and governance system;
  5. Developing research facilities;
  6. Raising the profile of R&D at MKUH internally and externally.

Team structure – Senior team

Research and Development

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. For further information on this, please see the video below.