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Thousands of patients sign up to take part in ground-breaking research projects that put UHNM at the heart of developing health for the future. Our thriving Research and Development department strives to provide high quality, pioneering research at every stage of patient care.

Research nurses and midwives work alongside clinicians, multidisciplinary teams and support services to identify potential research participants, discuss trials with patients and provide care throughout the studies. Ranked in the top 15 per cent of research active trusts, UHNM works in partnership with Keele University to deliver ground-breaking studies that can help patients all over the world. Keele’s position as a leading university for cutting-edge research has been confirmed by the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality of studies in higher education institutions in the UK.

The REF results revealed that 97 per cent of the University’s research is classified as world leading and of international importance and with further academic investment, UHNM aims to become a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence for health-related research.

Guy Hilton Research Centre

The Guy Hilton Research Centre at University Hospitals of North Midlands, opened in 2006 and the final phases were completed in 2008. 

The centre is linked to and supports existing Keele laboratories and extensive facilities for MSc and PhD students. It creates a base for the Institute’s academic and NHS members and their teams, all under one roof.

The Guy Hilton Research Centre provides a specialised patient research suite with consulting rooms, all ancillary services and waiting areas, ideal for hosting a range of studies, including clinical trials.

Plus, there are generic laboratories for multi-disciplinary expansion with new staff members in Keele’s Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.