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Welcome to Research

As a university Trust we believe research is key to the exceptional care provided at UHDB. Our aim is to offer every patient the opportunity to take part in research; in developing new medicines, devices and treatments.

We host research funded by external organisations including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and the life sciences industry. Conducting research studies helps the Trust realise its vision to be a beacon of the NHS, delivering 21st century healthcare.

As well as collaborating on externally led research we support home grown studies and sponsor high quality research of clear value to the NHS. From new investigators with their first ideas to multi centre randomised controlled trials, we can work with you to design, set-up and deliver your research.

Research News

A patient being assessed for a shoulder injury
UHDB part of ‘ground-breaking’ research study on rehabilitation following shoulder surgery

Colleagues from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton’s (UHDB) are taking part in a ground-breaking national research study into post-operative shoulder rehabilitation following the award of ...

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D-BARN offering support to aspiring clinicians interested in research

Are you an AHP, HCS, nurse, midwife or ACP with a desire to dip your toe in the world of research; or develop your research ideas further into fully fundable projects; even develop your ideas into a f...

The five ways research has helped in the fight against Covid-19
#TeamUHDB plays role in five ways research has helped fight Covid-19

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has issued an informative video on the five ways research has helped in the fight against Covid-19 - with #TeamUHDB playing a role in the global effor...

Contact Royal Derby Hospital

Research and Development Department
Medical School
Office 5033
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 3DT

Telephone: 01332 724 639



Contact Queen's Hospital

Research and Development Department
Clock Tower Wing
Queen’s Hospital Burton
Belvedere Road
Burton on Trent
DE13 0RB

Telephone: 01283 566 333 ext 5496



NIHR PID Reports

We are contractually obliged to report on the performance of every clinical trial taking place in the Trust by publishing on a quarterly basis: the time from when we have been selected as a research site to the first recruited patient; and the recruitment to time and target for commercial contract clinical trials. 

2018 - 2019

2019 - 2020

2020 - 2021

2021 - 2022

2022 - 2023