The UK has the world’s largest integrated health system, and a world-renowned research, test bed and delivery partner in the National Health Service (NHS).
A number of highly regarded healthcare providers which seek to utilise innovative research can be found in the Thames Valley. These include:
Located in Reading, it is one of the largest general hospital foundation trusts in the country. Committed to conducting pioneering research for more than 20 years, it is, together with the University of Reading, one of the stakeholders for the Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit which can aid in protocol development through to trial delivery.
Situated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire, it has a global reputation and is the first unit in the UK to achieve international accreditation for excellence in the treatment of adults and children with spinal cord injury. One of the largest specialist spinal units in the world, the pioneering rehabilitation work carried out there by Sir Ludwig Guttmann led to the development of the Paralympic Games.
A digital pioneer, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation in Bracknell has been named by NHS England as a ‘Global Digital Exemplar’ – one of only seven mental health trusts in the country to gain this status. This will allow them to transform patient care through new technologies.
The centre, which has opened at Thames Valley Science Park, Reading, will provide some of the UK’s first proton beam treatments for cancer from late 2019. It offers a comprehensive range of cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and imaging services.
OUH is a renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK, made up of four hospitals – the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, North Oxfordshire. OUH’s collaboration with the University of Oxford underpins the quality of the care provided to patients, from the delivery of first-class research to high-quality education and training of doctors.
Existing collaborations include the ambitious research programmes established through the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, and at the Biomedical Research Unit in musculoskeletal disease. These set the standard in translating science and research into new and better NHS clinical care.