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WWL Clinical Research Team Award-Winning Research benefits Patients and saves NHS Millions

Pictured: Members of the Clinical Research Team at the Award CeremonyNewsdate: 7 November 2014

On Thursday,Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Clinical Research Team bagged the award for ‘Research Impact’ at the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2014.

The Rheumatology Research Team were announced winners in their category following a ground-breaking research projects that are estimated to have saved the NHS local health economy between £5m to 17million over five years.

The team, who were anonymously nominated through the National Institute for Health Research website for their Clinical Research in Rheumatology Treatment programme, have already improved the life of Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers.

Christine Birchall, Head of Research and Development, Innovation and Clinical Trials at WWL said: “All of the patients on research trials are looked after incredibly well, with free access to new and innovative drugs which have the potential to drastically improve their health, and have a hugely positive impact on their lives.

Rheumatoid Arthritis has a detrimental effect on a patient’s quality of life and their loved ones. This disease also represents a huge cost to the UK economy, and an enormous cost to individual patients.

We have the fantastic opportunity to relieve the symptoms of RA in our patients, many of whom have gone back into remission. Our research can vastly improve lives whilst being able to access expensive treatments, ultimately improving the NHS’ capability in managing their services. It is an absolute win-win.”

The award has already caused a stir, opening up more opportunities for research trials in the future as the team expands.

Due to the success of the current programme and the growth and development of the department, the team have expanded into more disease areas and conditions which require extensive research.

The overall aim of the Trust is to ensure that patients are able to explore the possibility of accessing new and innovative treatments in a safe, ethical and knowledgeable environment.
WWL Clinical Research Department already have active trials covering cancer, diabetes, stroke, paediatrics and many more.

They are looking to expand their research areas even further, and are happy to discuss potential opportunities for those who wish to take part in the clinical research trials. If you are interested in taking part in a future clinical research trial, please contact the Clinical Trials Unit on 01257 488264.

Pictured above: Members of the Clinical Research Team at the Award Ceremony.