Research and Development

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Our aim at R&D is to supply means to generate a Trust which is well versed in research theory and practice as a mechanism for improving service development and provision.

In order to achieve this aim we offer:

  • delivery of clinical research
  • sponsorship for clinical trials
  • community and mental health research
  • community health services
  • mental health services
  • dementia research
  • R&D approvals
  • training
  • conference days
  • regular updates through a newsletter, email and website of changes to research governance and external funding opportunities.

Department of Health - Annual Report

At NELFT R&D, we are proud that we are a Trust which has received the highest accolade from the Department of Health in terms of our standards of research, publication and training. We have maintained this high standard for the past three years and we hope to continue in this manner through supporting staff through teaching, training and research capability funding.

As part of the Annual Report we collate information from staff regarding:

  • publications
  • roles as supervisors
  • research awards received
  • annual performance data

Please let us know if any of the above applies to you as we want to ensure your work is recognised.

National Institute for Health Research

All National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Department of Health funded studies at NELFT are now being registered and governed by North Thames NIHR Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) on behalf of the R&D department at NELFT.

Contact us

Research and development (R&D)
1st Floor Maggie Lilley Suite
Goodmayes Hospital site
157 Barley Lane

Tel: 0300 300 1748
Email: R&

GDPR legislation

As a NHS organisation we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research.  This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by going to the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research website.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Our Data Protection Officer is Robert Paley and you can contact them at

More information about patient information and health and social care research can be found here.