Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is highly research active and has more than doubled its patient recruitment into clinical trials since 2007/8, with 2010/11 seeing over 1900 patients recruited to NIHR portfolio studies allowing the residents of Blackpool, the Fylde coast and beyond to have access to the latest treatments.


Sites (7)

1 acute:             Blackpool Victoria Hospital

2 community:    Clifton Hospital

                          Fleetwood Hospital

2 rehabilitation:   Bispham Rehabilitation Unit

                           Rossall Hospital Rehabilitation Unit

1 specialist:         Whitegate Drive Walk-In Centre

1 national:           National Artificial Eye Service

Tertiary Centre (2)

Lancashire Cardiac Centre

Hematology Tertiary Centre

Population served

330,000 (Acute population) plus 11 million visitors to Blackpool

440,000 (Community population)

1.5 million (Tertiary population)



Staff (2015/16)

6, 940

Annual Caseload (2015/16)

103,206 day/inpatients

362,018 outpatients

86,067 A&E

Annual Turnover (2015/16)

£383.6 million

Recruitment to NIHR portfolio studies in 2015/16

Number of studies recruited to:   130

Number of patients recruited:   1377

The Trust is also responsible for the provision of Community services, including District Nursing and Midwifery for a large geographical area extending from Lytham St Annes in the South to Morecambe and Carnforth in the North. The Trust incorporates the Lancashire Cardiac Centre, one of four tertiary cardiac centres in the North West, providing specialist services for heart patients from Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust is a member of the Lancashire North Vanguard site ‘Better Care Together’ and Fylde Coast Local Health Economy, each site is one of 29 Vanguard sites in England responsible for leading development of new care models that will form blue prints for the NHS moving forward. 



The research workforce has more than tripled over the same period with dedicated sessions for consultant medical staff, research nurses and research support staff including clinical trials administrators, pharmacy and medical records staff. The research workforce is supported by a highly experienced R&D Department.

With a large number of research active staff, the Trust has seen its research interests expand into a number of different clinical specialities and is well known for good recruitment rates particularly in cardiology and haematology, having the two tertiary centres for these specialities as well as for stroke, critical care and gastroenterology. The Trust is recognised by the NIHR CCRN and Pharma industry for delivering the NW Exemplar programme with great success.

The Trust is now developing its own research studies and is working closely with Lancaster Health Hub and has submitted two studies for funding medical charity and Research for Patient Benefit funding and is developing a further three studies.

In the spring of 2012 the Trust's new Clinical Research Centre officially opened. The CRC offers:

  • Four private and spacious consultation rooms providing comfortable areas for participants
  • Bright and comfortable patient waiting area
  • Friendly, experienced staff to greet and care for trial participants
  • Extensive range of equipment with dedicated emergency equipment with additional on-site facilities
  • Seminar rooms with wireless internet and projector facilities
  • Sample repository and archive storage facilities
  • Office accommodation for research staff.

The CRC provide patients with the opportunity to participate in leading-edge research, which aims to turn scientific breakthroughs into new ways to prevent, manage and treat diseases. The CRC allows us to undertake even more research, bringing new treatments developments and to further improve patient outcomes in Lancashire.