NNUH receives research equipment funding boost

Medical research at our hospital Trust has received a boost after being awarded more than £400,000 from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to help invest in our research infrastructure and equipment.

The UK Government has announced today that NHS organisations in the East of England will received more than £2m to pay for cutting-edge research equipment and technology.

NNUH will receive £420,000 of this funding to boost our work at the NIHR Norfolk Clinical Research Facility.

This national capital investment will enhance the region’s capability and capacity to further extend its cutting-edge clinical trials and help ensure the CRF’s long- term sustainability. The 93 organisations awarded funding are all part of the NIHR’s wider infrastructure, which includes Biomedical Research Centres and Clinical Research Facilities, as well as the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network.

The investment comes after our Trust was awarded £1m from NIHR to expand the delivery of early phase clinical research. NIHR Norfolk CRF will support research in our flagship purpose-built Clinical Research Facility at the Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park and in the main Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital building, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Erika Denton, NNUH Medical Director, said: “It is brilliant news that our hospital Trust has been successful in this capital bid and will boost our research endeavours at the NIHR Norfolk Clinical Research Facility to drive forward innovation in experimental medicine and translational research.”

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) East of England is hosted by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said: “From Devon to Liverpool, we’re giving NHS organisations over £96 million to bolster vital health and care research. The NHS and its staff have now served us for nearly 75 years and as we celebrate that achievement we want to make sure the health service is leading the way. This investment will also help the NHS continue to cut waiting lists – one of the government’s top five priorities.”

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