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Research and Development - Stockport

Contact Information

Research and Innovation Department:

Team Tel:  0161 419 5893

Email: research.development@stockport.nhs.uk

How to find us

There are many different clinical research studies running across the hospital. Our research nurses/ practitioners, research and innovation office and supporting administration team are based on the Stepping Hill Hospital site.

Available at

Research and Innovation Department, Ward C2, Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, SK2 7JE.


About Our Service

Welcome to the Research, Development and Innovation service. Research is the cornerstone of first-class healthcare and is essential to help us understand which treatments and therapies work best for patients.

The Research, Development and Innovation service is responsible for the infrastructure and governance relating to the Trust’s research portfolio. Our team of research nurses, practitioners and administrators support a number of experienced clinicians and other healthcare professionals to recruit participants into clinical trials and other research studies, in a number of diseases. They provide on-going support to participants throughout their involvement in a research study.

The Research, Development and Innovation Department provides advice and guidance on governance and regulatory issues, and issues capacity and capability confirmation for research projects to take place in the Trust.

Our work is supported by dedicated staff in pharmacy, laboratories and radiology.

If you are visiting the hospital as a patient, relative or carer, or are a member of staff, you may be approached by one of our team to take part in a research study.

Our Performance

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.

The Government’s Plan for Growth, published in March 2011, announced the transformation of incentives at local level for efficiency in initiation and delivery of research. The NIHR has enforced the transparency commitment for this exercise. Providers of NHS services are now required to publish outcomes for the initiation of clinical trials and delivery to time and to target for commercial clinical trials.

Our latest performance reports can be seen by clicking the link below:


Our Expertise

Our main areas of research are:

- Anaesthetics and Critical Care

- Cancer

- Cardiology

- Children (Paediatrics)

- Ear, Nose and Throat

- Gastroenterology

- Health Services Delivery

- Hepatology

- Infectious Disease (including COVID-19 studies)

- Musculoskeletal (Orthopaedics and Rheumatology)

- Ophthalmology

- Renal Disorders

- Reproductive Health (Including Maternity)

- Respiratory Medicine

- Stroke

- Surgery

- Vaccine Research

We are always looking at the possibility of conducting research in new areas. We also provide education to the staff and students we work alongside.

Study Running 01-Jun-2023 to 31-Mar-2024 for Data Collection - 

Routine Testing for Group Streptococcus (GBS3):


At Stockport, we are supporting the above study in our maternity unit and have been randomised to the risk factors strategy arm (i.e. the control arm, so routine care).

How to Use the Service

There are several ways you can be involved in research: as a participant if you are being treated for a particular disease; as a healthy volunteer; as a relative or carer of a patient. If you are a member of staff, you may be part of a research team, or you may be asked to participate in a study about your role.

When being treated in our hospital, you may be invited to take part in one of the many research studies we are undertaking. You may be approached by your consultant or specialist nurse, or by another member of the research team. Please note that Stockport is a research active trust and research is a key priority for the hospital. We actively support health and care research to expand the options available to our patients.

You can also actively contact the team to take part in a study even if you are not a current patient, and we welcome volunteers. Just contact the team via phone on 0161 419 5893, or e-mail research.development@stockport.nhs.uk

You will be given written information about the study and a member of the research team will discuss this with you. You will be given time to read the information and the opportunity to ask questions.

For some studies you may need to attend extra visits. This will be explained to you.

Participation in research is always voluntary, and if you decide not to take part you will always receive current standard care.

The NHS National Institute for Health Research is a source of a wealth of information relating to clinical research. To find out more, please visit: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/.

Participant Information and Health and Care Research

Please visit the Health Research Authority website: https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/. This provides details around how participant information and data may be used for research, how information may be kept for future research and your choices about health and care research.

If you do decide to participate in a research study at Stockport, we will also collect your year of birth data to report to the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), part of the Department of Health and Social Care. This information is not part of a research study and is not reported at an individual level. The data will be used to evaluate equity of access to research, like the recording and review of patient information for other services provided by NHS organisations. The collection of this data also supports the NHS and NIHR`s responsibility to ensure Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to all aspects of healthcare.

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