Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Our Research & Innovation Strategy and other useful information

Read our Research and Innovation Strategy which describes how Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working to improve everyday care and treatments and increasing opportunities for more patients, carers and their families to get involved with clinical research. This section also provides lots of other useful information related to clinical research in the NHS including how GDPR relates to research and your health information.

Our Research and Innovation Strategy 2017-2020

Research matters to everyone because it is at the heart of developing and improving care for patients. Clinical research plays a vital role in improving treatments and healthcare worldwide and we believe our patients should have the opportunity to access new treatments  and to play their part through participation in clinical research within the NHS. That’s why we have developed our Research and Innovation Strategy.

Alongside this, the Five Year Forward View (DH 2014) recognises the huge challenges facing the NHS in continuing to modernise to meet the growing needs of our population and to provide high quality health and care services. Our Research and Innovation Strategy 2017-2020 identifies four key goals that we believe will help focus our work at Western Sussex Hospitals and in the wider community to increase research opportunities, innovate to provide new and more sustainable approaches to care and develop our healthcare practitioners skills and knowledge.

A PDF version of our Research and Innovation Strategy is attached below.


Research, your health information and GDPR

With the recent changes in data protection due to GDPR you may have questions about how this new approach affects access to and use of personal data in terms of clinical research studies within the NHS. Generally much of GDPR is about being lawful, transparent and fair when collecting, using or holding personal data, in line with the safeguards already in place for clinical research trials. To find out more follow this link to the Health Research Authority for ‘patient information and health care research’

If you would like to find out more about how why and how patient data is used in research, please visit the Understanding Patient Data website where they have a short video to help explain.

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) document ‘Your Health Record Saves Lives’ is also attached below. It explains what research is and how your health information contributes to improving care and developing new treatments for patients.


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