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Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust is a district general hospital located in Dorchester and is part of the Clinical Research Network Wessex. The Research and Innovation Department has been operational since 2001 and has a centralised team of approximately 25-30 staff. We are based in the Trust Headquarters building on Bridport Road. In line with the vision for the future of UK clinical research delivery being  patient-centred, we also have an active group of volunteer patient research ambassadors (PRAs).

What is research?

Clinical research is crucial to the discovery and development of new drugs, technologies and practices in healthcare in the NHS and, indeed, the world. Clinical research is a key focus within the Trust, and we strive to turn research findings into new or improved clinical practice for our patients.

The below video produced by the University of Leeds for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) provides a comprehensive overview of what research is.

What do we do?

We host research funded by external organisations including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the life science industry. Conducting research studies helps the Trust realise its vision to be a beacon of the NHS, delivering 21st century healthcare. We also encourage research led by the hospital and can help with the design, set-up and delivery of this research.

Our strategy

Our mission
Quality and relevant research to deliver outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them.

Our vision
Research and Innovation at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust, working with our research and health and social care partners, will be at the heart of improving the wellbeing of our communities by delivering quality and relevant research

Our objectives

  • To deliver outstanding research
  • To integrate research into clinical services
  • To collaborate with patients, staff and research partners
  • To enable staff to engage in research
  • To be a sustainable department

Our research portfolio

Well-established areas

  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Kidney disease
  • Orthopaedics

Discipline-specific areas with development potential

  • Ageing and frailty (including end of life care)
  • Cancer (and haematology)
  • Dermatology and rheumatology
  • Diabetes and respiratory medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatrics
  • Reproductive health and gynaecology

Cross-cutting areas with development potential

  • Health services delivery and patient safety/quality of (person-centred) care
  • Mental health and dietetics
  • Public health, self-management and digital health
  • Workforce

Contact us

Telephone: 01305 253106

E-mail: research@dchft.nhs.uk

Address: Research and Innovation, Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2JY, UK

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dchft_research

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DCHFTResearch