The number of people benefiting from clinical research in England reached record highs this year - with 870,250 participants involved in studies supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) over the last twelve months.

The number marks a significant step towards the NHS Long Term Plan’s goal of one million people taking part in clinical research by 2023/24 - part of the Government’s strategy to improve care, treatment and NHS services in England.

A record number of new studies (2,194) were added to the NIHR’s portfolio over the year, bringing the total number of ongoing studies across England to 6,106 - again the highest number yet.  For the first time since 2015/16, every NHS trust across the country also supported clinical research by recruiting their patients into NIHR studies.

The full news story can be found on the NIHR website.

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