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Date: 18 January 2024

RUH showcases its vital research work

Researchers from the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust showcased their successes when they were visited by Professor Ruth Endacott, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

Professor Ruth Endacott with members of the RUH Research Team

During her visit, Prof Endacott met with members of the RUH's research team, as well as with senior members of the nursing and midwifery team, to find out more about the work ongoing at the RUH.

The RUH runs a range of initiatives to support research across the organisation and to allow busy clinical staff to use the best evidence and research in their daily work. These include a bimonthly Research Network meeting, an annual research and development abstract competition and a research café to support those with research ideas.

Prof Endacott also got to see a vaccine clinical trial in action before meeting with research staff from across the Trust to find out more about their successes and the future opportunities to support research studies at the RUH.

Prof Endacott said: "I was delighted to visit the RUH and find out more about the excellent research work being done there in a number of different disciplines.

"It gave me the chance to meet staff face to face and find out more about their successes as well as the challenges that researchers can face.

"Hospitals that carry out research have been found to provide better outcomes for patients and the RUH has a great reputation for its research studies.

"Quite simply, research changes people's lives. Studies and trials continue to find vital new treatments that save lives in the UK and around the world."

Dr Sharon Grieve, Research Engagement Lead at the RUH, said: "It was a real honour to have Ruth visit and a great opportunity for us to tell her more about the research work we do at the RUH.

"The RUH is a very research-active Trust and we're really proud of the role we continue to play in identifying new, often life-saving treatments and vaccines and in supporting our staff to undertake research."

The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to improve the health of the nation through research.

Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public – it funds, enables and delivers health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.

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