Research improves our understanding of health and disease, it is vital to improving patient care and outcomes.

Health professionals need evidence from research to know which treatments are most effective. Our dedicated research department manage the review, set up and delivery of a range of research projects across the Trust.

We are research active in several clinical areas delivering a range of different projects from clinical trials of new drugs or interventions to studies involving questionnaires and data collection. Some research is simply collecting information about diseases, some people help us by telling us their opinion or experience and some people are involved in creating and testing new products. There are many ways to be involved. If you would like to discuss opportunities to get involved with research please contact a member of the team.

To find out more about research in the UK please click here

Getting involved in research makes a difference, visit the links below to hear real life stories from research participants:

Patient data and research

This leaflet explains how health research uses information from patients. If you are asked to take part in research, you can ask what will happen in the study.

Meet the team

The research team are based at Sunderland Royal Hospital and South Tyneside District Hospital. For more information please contact:

Carly Brown, Lead Research Nurse
Phone    0191 4041000 ex 2260

Lynne Palmer, Research and Development Manager
Phone    0191 5656256 ex 42167

Patient Research Ambassadors

We strongly believe that Patients and Public should have the opportunity to give feedback and be involved in shaping the future of research.

We have a group of Patient Research Ambassadors who help by giving us their perspective and by talking to patients about their experience of participating in research.

“I am a retired deputy head teacher who was treated for throat cancer in 2009. I am free of cancer now but have other problems as a result of the treatment.

Until I was introduced to research by my speech therapist, I didn’t realise anyone could get involved and in so many different ways.

Since then I have taken part in many different areas of research and promoting research. I have been involved in a randomised controlled trial, in patient workshops as part of a qualitative study, in organising research days for patients and staff and other work such as patient panels. This led to me being invited to become a patient research ambassador (PRA) I decided to become a PRA to try and spread the word that research is happening in our hospitals and encourage other patients and carers to get involved.

I feel it’s extremely important that as many people as possible get involved in research. It helps the NHS find out what works and what doesn’t work but most of all it gives us, the patients, carers and local public a voice in our future treatment and care.

Please come and join us!”

Val, Patient Research Ambassador for South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

To find out more about how you could shape the future of research please contact 

Information for Researchers

Before you can begin your research you must have the necessary permissions from the various regulatory bodies. The research department is dedicated to supporting research across the Trust.

If you are a researcher wanting to conduct research with us we are happy to guide you through the process.  
Useful links for information and support for conducting Research can be found in the links below:

Our Performance

The government want to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of all NHS providers undertaking clinical research.

The aim is to increase the number of patients given the opportunity to participate in research and to ensure research is set up efficiently.  From October 2014 all NHS Trusts have been required to publish their performance against two targets.

  • Initiating Clinical Research (70 day benchmark from submission of valid application to recruitment of 1st patient)

Q1 Performance Initiating 2019-20

Q4 Performance Initiating 2018-19 South Tyneside

  • Delivering Clinical Research (time to target for commercial research

Q1 Performance Delivering 2019-20

Q4 Performance Delivering 2018-19 South Tyneside

Performance of Initiating Research April 2019

Performanc in Delivering Research April 2019

NMAHP Research

Stay tuned for more information about NMAHP Research.

Events and Opportunities

Stay tuned for upcoming research events and opportunities!