Our Partnership’s strength is its ability to collaborate – lead professional healthcare innovators working across the spectrum of acute, mental health and community NHS and healthcare organisations in Surrey are working in close alliance with leading edge academics and industry in our Universities to design solutions and education for a twenty first century healthcare service that places the patient at its heart.
Our Clinical Academic Groups deliver world class research & innovation as well as undergraduate and post graduate educational developments that transforms the way we care for patients and communities and train the graduates of the future.
Our members are the University of Surrey, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and our affiliate member is Royal Holloway, University of London.
Our partnership is founded on the principle of bringing out the best in the best:
- The University of Surrey has been named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016
- Our two Universities are in the top 40 league tables in the Guardian University Guide 2017
- Three leading member NHS Foundation Trusts in Surrey have specialisms in cancer, mental health and cardiovascular health that are represented in our Clinical Academic Groups
- We are able to support a combined patient population of over two million
- And access a staff of healthcare proferssionals and academics of over 5,000
- Delivering education to a student population of more than one million
- With a combined annual turnover of over £2 billion
If you would like to learn more about our partners please see below, or follow the links to our members respective websites.
The University of Surrey is an ambitious, research-intensive academic institution that sits at the heart of a dynamic international network of prestigious partners in Asia, the United States, Europe and South America. Our research and study programmes range from aerospace to English literature, from nursing to nuclear physics, from business management to biochemistry. Our four Faculties coverEngineering & Physical Sciences, Health & Medical Sciences, Arts & Human Sciences; and Business, Economics & Law.
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed Surrey as one of world’s leading research centres, with 88% of our research activity rated either ‘world class’ or ‘internationally recognised’. Four areas of research activity were placed in the top ten, and a total of nine areas were ranked in the top 20. Almost half of Surrey’s assessed research staff work in areas that have been ranked in the top ten. Over the last few years the University has dramatically strengthened its league table position consistently across all the main university league tables, including the Guardian (4th), The Times, and the Sunday Times (11th).
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RSCH) has a wealth of experience in research, with a history of successful recruitment to commercial and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) portfolio studies. Through the support of the Research and Development department, RSCH is the leading NHS Trust within the Surrey & Sussex CLRN (SSCLRN) for recruiting patients to NIHR portfolio studies. In 2012, RSCH was in the top 3 medium Acute Trusts for research activity. According to the latest 2012-2013 figures, presented at the SSCLRN Executive Board meeting in February 2013, RSCH had recruited almost double the number of patients compared to the next highest recruiting centre in SSCLRN.
A number of clinicians and scientists at RSCH are also members of national clinical study groups and contribute to the development of the NIHR portfolio. RSCH has a successful principal partnership with ASPH through which the two hospitals are jointly developing clinical services, a joint clinical strategy and joint academic strategy. RSCH has been appointed as a host to the LCRN (Local Clinical Research Network) and with support of the researchers from other NHS and academic organisations, will coordinate clinical research within the region.
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is one of the leading providers of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental health problems, drug and alcohol problems and learning disabilities in the South of England. We deliver high quality care across our 140 services, all of which are registered with the Care Quality Commission. Individual treatment and support which helps people work towards recovery is at the heart of everything we do.
To help us achieve this we employ 2,400 staff across 47 sites, serving a population of 1.3 million. Our services are provided in community settings, hospitals and residential homes with an emphasis on providing local treatment and support close to people’s homes wherever possible.
We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. As a Foundation Trust we have over 5,000 public members. Our Research and Development (R&D) team promotes and supports health research activities within the Trust.
The research we are involved in includes:
• NHS-badged studies, known as National Portfolio studies
• Research projects sponsored by the Trust itself
• Studies carried out in collaboration with partners such as Higher Educational Institutions and industry
• Student research projects.
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) has a strong track record in research, encompassing a range of studies spanning core clinical specialities. Research and Development (R&D) is a well-recognised, supported and ever developing department at the Trust since its inception. The Trust currently has over 90 NIHR clinical studies on its portfolio and is an active member of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN). Our range of studies is broad and extensive, from Neonates and Paediatrics, to Stroke, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Surgery, from Early Birth studies to End of Life research.
ASPH has a strong history in Cardiac research, particularly in arrhythmia and pacing, where we have been the leading United Kingdom site for state-of-the art Home Monitoring technology. ASPH is a tertiary centre for Neonatal Intensive Care which is very useful for strengthening our research in this area. The Trust has extensive experience of testing Cardiology, Neonatal and Ophthalmology medical devices.
ASPH work in close partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), and the University of Surrey. The Trust and the partner Universities, have established joint substantive and honorary academic positions in Cardiology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Surgery, and Women’s Health to strengthen R&D activity. The University of Surrey is another key research partner and we collaborate in cardiovascular research and improving patient care with dignity and respect. The Trust has many years of partnership working with industry which is vital for our strength and growth. Our close industry partners are; Biotronik UK Ltd, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cardiocity, Glaxo Smith-Kline, Polyphotonix Medical, Tear Lab and many others. The Trust is also a member of Advanced Materials & Pharmaceutical TEChnologies (AMPTEC) Cluster of European Union Countries.
Royal Holloway is ranked 12th in the UK and 102nd amongst world universities. It has over 1500 academic staff and 9,000 students (2,000 of whom are post-graduates). Royal Holloway has a leading position in many aspects of health science research, including gene therapy for rare diseases, oral vaccinations, childhood emotional and developmental disorders, chronic disease in adults including cognitive dysfunction, pain management and patient-reported outcomes, body image, information security (including e-health), and innovation and knowledge management. Clinical Neuroscience is another strength, supported by a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner. Royal Holloway adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to health science, exemplified by the major corporate research theme “Health, the Human Body and Behaviour”.
This research is complemented by a range of post-graduate programmes, including the MRes in Biomedical Science; MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; a professional doctorate in clinical psychology, the DClinPsy; the Social Work Department offers a Graduate Diploma in Work with Children and Families and an MSc in Advanced Practice in either Children and Families or Leadership and Health.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust was formed on 1st April 1998 following a merger between East Surrey Healthcare NHS and Crawley Horsham NHS Trusts. We provide acute and complex services at our hospital (East Surrey Hospital) in Redhill. In addition, we provide a range of outpatient, diagnostic and less complex planned services at Caterham Dene Hospital and Oxted Health Centre in Surrey and at Crawley and Horsham Hospitals in West Sussex.
Frimley Park Hospital was the first hospital in the NHS to be rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission and (CQC) and it has overseen an extraordinary turn-around in standards at Wexham Park Hospital which Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust acquired on 1st October 2014. Additionally, the Trust delivers outpatient and diagnostic services from Aldershot, Farnham, Fleet, Windsor, Maidenhead, Chalfont St Peter and Bracknell, bringing a range of services closer to these communities.
With over 8,400 employees across its three principal sites including Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS hospital services for 900,000 people in Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and South Buckinghamshire. As well as delivering a full range of district general hospital services to its population, the Trust provides specialist acute consultant delivered services across a wider catchment in the following areas: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI: heart attack treatment); Vascular; Stroke; Spinal; Cystic fibrosis and Plastic surgery. Key developments include launch of an ambulatory emergency care unit at Frimley Park to assess, treat and discharge patients on the same day; expanding cardiology services at Wexham Park Hospital which will lead to provision of a 24/7 heart attack centre during 2016-17; extending the palliative care service at Frimley Park to six days a week; opening of a new purpose designed gastrointestinal unit at Heatherwood Hospital; our first Carers’ Awareness Day and other developments that support better collaboration with carers in looking after our patients;expansion of our vascular services; accreditation for the Baby Friendly Initiative by our maternity and neonatal service and a new assessment area for gynaecology patients for ambulatory patients at Wexham Park.
The Trust was involved in conducting 237 clinical research studies in 21 medical specialties. These included anaesthetics, dermatology, care of the elderly, cancer, diabetes, cardiology, emergency medicine, vascular, gastroenterology, hepatology, stroke, nursing, paediatrics, neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pathology, urology, respiratory medicine and ear, nose and throat