Research & Innovation

Homerton is recognised as one of the top recruiters to high quality research studies in the UK. We have particular interest in Neonatal, Sexual Health and Respiratory Medicine.

Our work
The research and development office provides support in all aspects of the research process, including preparing ethics applications, research funding information, assistance with research bids and advice regarding intellectual property issues.

Performance Initiating and delivering clinical research - new national targets
The government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. The aim 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. Further detailed information and FAQs can be found on the National Institute for Health Research website

Therefore, all clinical research studies being performed by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are subject to new performance benchmarks in initiation and delivery time:

  • Initiation – it should take no more than 70 days from receipt of a valid research application by the Research and Development department to the recruitment of the first patient to the research study).
  • Delivery – for all commercial clinical trials hosted by Homerton, the agreed target number of patients must be recruited within the agreed timeframe.

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust submits quarterly reports to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) setting out the performance against these metrics. As of December 2014, the total number of clinical trials underway is 11, and the number of these trials that meet the benchmark is 10.

Overall Homerton achieved the 70 day benchmark of 1st patient recruitment 85.7% of the time. Homerton is one of the highest performing Trusts in this aspect.

Mean and median time taken to recruit 1st patient at Homerton is 20 days and 16 days respectively. Homerton is ranked number one for this bench mark compared to similar sized trusts. 

Mean and median time taken to recruit 1st patient after receiving valid Research Application to Homerton is 4.7 and 2 days respectively. Homerton is once again ranked number one for this bench mark compared to similar sized trusts.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of research then please contact the R&D office on 020 8510 5134.

Find us
The Research and Development department is located in the yellow roof  office. Follow the signs to the Picton Suite on the first floor and before the lift take the stairs to the roof offices and follow the signs to the R&D office.

Postal address
Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Yellow Roof Top Offices
Homerton Row
E9 6SR

How can the R&D Office help?
The Research and Development team can help you with;

  • Setting up a new Research Project
  • Writing a protocol, patient information sheet and consent forms
  • Preparing your ethics application
  • Costing research studies
  • Assisting you with research grant applications 
  • Research Governance and Good Clinical Practice advice
  • Intellectual Property Advice