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Research and Development

The broad aim of the research and development department at Bedford Hospital is to assist researchers and help 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 provides support to researchers around how to start a research project, protocol writing, funding applications and help to design high-quality projects and clinical trials. There are number of non-commercial, commercial clinical trials, student and junior doctors’ research projects are under progress. There are number of publications arising from the Trust research, in 2008 there were 52 publications.


The research and development department has strong academic collaborations with Cranfield University, University of Bedfordshire, Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University of Surrey, and Leicester Medical College NHS Foundation Trust and there are number of joint research projects available which will lead to higher degrees.

We host research and development forums, give presentations and produce newsletters and flyers about the research and development projects at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and nationally.

Local Research Ethics Committee (LREC)


The deparmtnet is also involved with the Local Research Ethics committee which assess the quality, safety and appropriateness of clinical trials and other clinical research involving patients and/or patients’ notes (past or present).

The research and development department is also represented at various national and regional research and development forums such as:

  • 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;


Latest News and Events:

See: NIHR News and Events


See: NIHR Publications

Please note that the first point of call for advice and queries relating to studies proposed or ongoing in Bedford Hospital Trust is the RM&G staff in Bedford Hospital R&D department e mail: mohammad.wasil@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk tel: 01234 355122 ext 5855

Key Staff

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

Assistant Director of Research and Development

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Improving the health and wealth of the nation through research. Established by the Department of Health, the NIHR:

  • funds high quality research to improve health
  • trains and supports health researchers
  • provides world-class research facilities
  • works with the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all
  • involves patients and the public at every step

For further information, visit the NIHR website www.nihr.ac.uk

The NIHR Clinical Research Network in the Eastern region is hosted by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the Eastern region.

Contact Us

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

E mail: mohammad.wasil@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk

01234 355122