Research Update

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Did you know that last year, ambulance trusts contributed to 29 research studies on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)Research Portfolio, recruiting nearly 3,000 participants?

Last year, every ambulance trust in the country recruited participants into two or more research studies, as part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network objectives, which is an amazing achievement! For EEAST, these studies were RIGHT-2 and RePHILL, and RePHILL is still open to participant recruitment – read further information about this study

The NIHR Clinical Research Network has just published its annual league table, which shows EEAST being 4th equal with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) for its volume of research studies.

Professor Rachael Fothergill, Chair of the National Ambulance Research Steering Group and Head of Research for London Ambulance Service, has said:

“Clinical research is something that ambulance services are very committed to and this is reflected in the year on year increases in research activity that we are seeing. The delivery of research by ambulance services can be particularly challenging due to the emergency and transitory nature of our interaction with patients, so to be able to show that we have successfully recruited large numbers of patients into research trials is a testament to the commitment of our staff.”

EEAST’s research team continues to bring new studies to the Trust and develop new research ideas for future studies.

If you would like to find out more about pre-hospital ambulance research and how you can support Trust research activity, please contact

Published 4th July 2019

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