Research & Innovation

Here to Make a Difference

About Us

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to bringing the best patient care through new drugs and treatments by using innovative research and fostering creative ideas. Clinical Research is vital in providing the new knowledge needed to improve health outcomes and reduce inequalities. 

We aim to:

  • Ensure the best outcome for our patients and their families
  • Embed an innovative and vibrant research culture within the Trust, which will attract opportunities for our patients, staff and local community.
  • Add positivity to the experience of our patients and their family members

In this section you will find information about the R&I Team including who we are, the work we do, and how you can get involved.




Our Research Vision: Improving the Health of our Community with High Quality Research

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Research Strategy 2019-2022


Earlier this year Jennifer Crooks and Helen Matthews presented our Research Vision to the Executive Board of the Hospital. The context of the strategy was developed through feedback from patients and staff. It was found only 31% of patients are aware Kingston Hospital is a Research active trust.

The key parts of our Research Strategy are:

  • Fully integrate research into all aspects of clinical care. Address the unmet needs of our community by supporting key strategic objectives, including achieving outstanding in the new CQC inspection criteria.
  • Improve Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) at all levels of the research project, especially encouraging patients and carers to access “Be Part of Research”.
  • Embed research within every clinical department by including it formally within job planning.
  • Build a dedicated Clinical Trials Facility.
  • Work with our academic partners at Kingston University to become Chief Investigators, attract funding and answer research questions, which support local population priorities in healthcare.
  • Increase overall research activity by 48% to 2,500 annual patient accruals by 2022. Attracting sustainable funding from NIHR, CRN, Grant, Charity and industry and non-industry income.

Research Partnership

We believe that our ability to deliver our vision lies with collaboration and we continue to work closely with a number of funders and partners to achieve this as described below.

NIHR CRN South London

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: South London is part of the larger Clinical Research Network (CRN) which is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: South London helps to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and supports the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in the South London area.

For more information about the NIHR Clinical Research Network: South London visit:

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer services at Kingston Hospital are run in partnership with the Royal Marsden Hospital and services are provided from Kingston Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton.



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