Dorset has a strong track record in recruiting, and working well across primary care, acute secondary care and community trusts. We have close academic links with Bournemouth university and encourage new research through their Research Design Service.

Poole increased its’ number of recruits by 25% in 2017-8, and, whilst having a diverse range of studies, has four particular areas of focus, in critical care, paediatrics, trauma and orthopaedics, and oncology and haematology (with the location of the Dorset Cancer Centre); and has received RfPB grants (e.g. ARC study), and has 3 research clinical fellows, in addition to a dedicated research team across a range of acute specialities.

Bournemouth increased its number of recruits by 29% in 2017/18 and its commercial contract recruitment by 30%. Compared to other Medium-sized acute Trusts in England Bournemouth had a Complexity Weighted Recruitment ranking of 6th in 2017/18. Bournemouth was the 1st Global site to recruit to The Eliminate-AF study comparing Edoxaban with Vitamin K antagonists in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation undergoing catheter ablation. In 2017/18 Bournemouth recruited 75% of all commercial contract research in Dorset.

Dorset County Hospital (DCH) recruited over 1,300 participants into research studies in 2017/18, a 33% increase on 2016/17 and more than ever before.4 “Whilst the department is keen to offer a balanced portfolio of research to patients with studies in as many clinical areas as possible, priority areas and specialities for the short-term should capitalise on existing strengths, where engagement has been established with clinicians responsible for healthy portfolios in the areas of cardiology, critical care, gastroenterology, kidney disease, and orthopaedics.”

Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust (DHC) increased research participation by over 200% and ranked in the top 10 for mental health recruitment nationally in 2017-8. Strengths of the Team are in mental health and dementia and are growing in the area of community health such as school nursing, sexual health and MSK rehab out of hospital. A key principle of the Trust is collaboration with colleagues in NHS and educational institutions as well as commercial sponsors to increase opportunities for research for patients, carers and staff in the Trust.  The Dorset Care Record (DCR) will also aid in patient identification and recruitment across the county.