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The broad aim of the research and development department at Bedford Hospital is to assist researchers, and to ensure that all research associated within the Trust (including clinical trials) is of high quality, ethically sound, and of benefit to patient care, treatment, and rehabilitation.

The department works to support researchers looking to start a research project, and offers support in protocol writing, funding applications and designing high-quality projects and clinical trials. There are number of on-going clinical trials both commercial and non-commercial, as well as
the research projects undertaken by student and junior doctors. There are also a number of publications arising from the Trust research.

The Research and Development department has a background of strong academic collaboration with Cranfield University, the University of Bedfordshire, Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Surrey, and Leicester Medical College NHS Foundation Trust. We can offer trainees a number of joint research projects, which will lead to higher degrees.

We host research and development forums, give presentations, and publicise research and development projects both at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and nationally.

Local Research Ethics Committee (LREC)


The department is also involved with the Local Research Ethics committee, which assesses the quality, safety, and appropriateness of clinical trials and other clinical research which would involve patients and/or their medical information, both past and present.

We also have representatives of the department in attendance at the following discussion groups and forums:

  • The NHS National R&D forum;
  • The National Institute of Health Research NIHR) advisory group;
  • The East of England R&D Managers forum;
  • West Anglia NIHR Comprehensive Clinical Research network;
  • The University of Bedfordshire Research and Development support group;

West Anglian Comprehensive Research Network

Following the Department of Health Research and Development strategy “Best Research for Best Health”, those studies that are included in the
UKCRN Portfolio

will be eligible for a range of NHS support.

The most significant changes will be implemented through the
National Institute of Health Research

Comprehensive Local Research Networks

(CLRN) and relate to:

  • Available funding and the procedure for accessing this funding – CLRNs will now award funding for Programmed Activities and NHS Support Costs;
  • Research and personnel support available to investigators – CLRNs will fund specialist staff, including research nurses and facilitators, to support studies;
  • HR Procedures for investigators – The CLRN is lead for the new HR procedures for researchers, including the introduction of the

    research passport system


The CLRN for West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust is the West Anglia CLRN, hosted by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information on the West Anglian CLRN please visit:


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Key Staff

Dr. M. Wasil B.Sc PGDipImmun M.Sc Ph.D LRSC MIBiol C.Biol MICR FRSPH

Assistant Director of Research and Development

Contact Us

The first point of call for advice and queries relating to studies proposed or on going in Bedford Hospital Trust is the research management and guidance staff within the department:

E mail:

01234 355122