SECAmb’s Research Performance Recognised

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to have dramatically increased its clinical research activity in the last 12 months.

The improvement is set out in this year’s Research Activity League Table, published today, (18 July), by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN).

SECAmb has significantly increased the number of recruits involved in its studies to 1,181 from just 60 in 2016/17, which has earned it first place in the league tables for this measure of research activity compared to all ambulance services in England.

Each year, the table provides a picture of how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of NHS organisation, and involving how many participants.

SECAmb Head of Research, Professor Julia Williams said: “This is really good news for SECAmb. We are delighted to have made such progress. This improvement is clearly the result of the last few years of targeted research activity across SECAmb with a real concerted effort from the Research and Development department’s team and our dedicated frontline clinicians who have participated so enthusiastically in these studies.”

SECAmb Research Paramedic Jack Barrett works as part of Julia’s team. He himself has been the link coordinator for a study called Mindshine 3, which is being conducted by the University of Sussex to investigate the effectiveness of two online interventions, aimed at improving wellbeing and reducing stress among NHS staff.

He said: “I have always been interested in the academic side of the profession so this role is something that I find very interesting.”

Other projects that the Trust is currently supporting include a study enhancing mental health awareness in emergency services led by Sussex Partnership Trust, a national study into patient outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, led by the University of Warwick and a study led by SECAmb evaluating multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals’ perceptions and experiences of using electronic patient care records and electronic referrals.

Julia added: “Without any doubt, this success in research activity is attributed to all of our staff across the Trust who are passionate about developing the evidence base to make sure that we provide the best care to our patients. This level of commitment can only help to move us forward in relation to our research activity in the coming years.”

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