Performance in Clinical Research

During the course of the year, the Trust is involved in a wide variety of Clinical trials and research.

  • Some of our achievements


    Dr Jane Martindale has published her blog on fatigue and the research behind it. Click here to read it.

    Highest Recruiting Site in the UK for the SIRROUND T Study

    EVIE study – The Hewitt Fertility Centre are the only site in the UK recruiting to this study

    TITRATE – Top recruiter for March

    ORICAL – 1ST site in the UK to recruit a patient

    ATTIRE – met time to target recruited 1st patient in 24 days

    Achieved our recruitment target early on the IRISS study

    Dr C Chattopadhyay has won the NIHR Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr Gladston Chelliah is Chief Investigator for 2 International Rheumatology Clinical Trials

    Exceeded Target in the SIRROUND study

    Achieved Target in the ARA-ORBIT Study

    Professor Nirmal Kumar appointed the regional lead for ENT research

    First site in the UK to screen 2 patients in the REFLECTIONS Clinical Trial

    First site in the UK to recruit to the QUIET Study

    Winner of the NIHR Award for Most Research Impact

    Recently congratulated by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network for recruiting the first two UK patients to a rheumatoid arthritis study

    2nd highest recruiter to B-AHEAD2 Cancer Study, target was 5 patients and we have recruited 24 patients so far

    1st global site to open for 2 ENT studies- DYMISTA and QUIET

    Fastest site to open globally for DARE a diabetes study

    Exceeding target numbers for MAMMO 50, and NCRN452 Cancer Studies

    Exceeding target number for the UKGPCS Prostrate trial our target for the length of the trial was 50 and up to date we have 70 with 3 years left to run

    Exceeded our target for Chemo Induced Changes in Cognitive Function Study - our target was 3 patients and we managed to recruit 10. This study has now closed

    The Rheumatology Research Team have been shortlisted for the NIHR GNCLRN research awards

    Tracey Taylor (Research Nurse) has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to Research Category in the NIHR GMCLRN research awards the awards ceremony is in Manchester on the 30th October 2014

    Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust Research Team have been finalists in the National HSJ Awards in London for the last two years

    Dr Chattopadhyay (Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor N Kumar  (ENT Consultant) have been asked to act as Chief Investigators on two new studies

    Usman Butt, Research Fellow Upper Limb Research at Wrightington in collaboration with Professor Ian Trail, David Temperley and Professor Freemont at the University of Manchester, won a prize for the best presentation at a recent British Elbow and Shoulder Society Meeting in Nottingham.


  • Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research

    The Government's Plan for Growth, published in March 2011, announced the transformation of incentives at local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of clinical research.

    The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has therefore established 2 performance benchmarks that we and other NHS providers are measured against.

    As a major UK Clinical Trials Unit with improvement in patient outcomes our primary aim, we are committed to the principle of initiating studies as efficiently as possible and delivering planned recruitment to time and target and therefore we have welcomed these benchmarks.

  • The 2 benchmarks are as follows:
    • Initiating Clinical Research- the 70 day benchmark
      Clinical trials to be set-up and operational within a 70 day period (basically this looks at how quickly studies are set-up and recruited to)
    • Delivering Clinical Research- time and target

    Recruitment of commercial clinical trials to time and target (basically this looks at whether or not we've recruited the target number of patients in the timeframe we said we would). The overall aim here is to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research and to enhance the nation's attractiveness as a host for research.

    As a specialist rheumatology centre, we also host quite a lot of clinical trials in this disease , which sometimes means it often takes some time to identify/recruit the first patient and thus the 70-day benchmark is not feasible for some studies..

    Due to COVID-19 the reporting of the Performance in Initiating and Delivering (PID) for Q4 19-20, Q1 20-21 and Q2 20-21 had to be postponed.

    Please find our most recent submissions was submitted in October 2020 and is provided, shown below.

    Performance in Initiating Clinical Trials

    Performance in Delivering 


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