Shropshire Star

Research and innovation making a real difference, says nursing chief

Read the latest column from Hayley Flavell, director of nursing at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.


Improving the care and experience for our patients is a key priority for our Trust and our commitment to research, innovation and improvement is part of that journey.

In the past year, more than 600 patients have taken part in 177 research studies at the Trust and we are celebrating this as part of our first ever Research, Innovation and Improvement Week (25-29 September).

We are always looking for opportunities to improve, whether it is our exciting digital robot transforming surgical care, reducing screening waiting times through working differently, or trialling new processes to reduce waste. Research and innovation help us to determine the best treatments and make a real difference to the care we provide.

One example is the Trust’s involvement in the FAST-Forward trial, which tested whether five doses of radiotherapy treatment delivered over a one-week period worked as well as the standard three-week treatment in preventing breast cancer returning.

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