AN NHS trust in Warrington is helping lead the trend in more clinical research.

The 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation has increased its work in the area of research as highlighted in a league table released last week.

More than half of NHS trusts across the country increased the number of clinical research studies last year, contributing to the drive for better treatments for all NHS patients.

Research is an important part of the NHS and can help find out what are the best treatments for patients.

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust increased their number of studies from 11 in 2012/13 to 19 in 2013/14.

Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive officer of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, said: “It’s great to see a real appetite for research in Warrington. I would like to thank all the patients and carers who have taken part in research, and thereby made a contribution to improving NHS treatments for everyone.

“I would also like to congratulate 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for increasing their number of studies. We know that research is something that patients really value and these Trusts are creating the opportunities for patients to get involved.”