We have supported a number of ground-breaking research initiatives at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. These include:
Improving treatments for burns patients
Our Burns Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital sees over 800 new burns patients every year, which is more than 10% of the national total. In partnership with Imperial College London we have supported clinical research into understanding severe burns injuries and treatments.
This research aimed to reduce Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), a condition which spreads inflammation throughout the body, leading to multi-organ failure. The death rate due to SIRS after severe burns is over 50%. The research team has discovered that ‘microvesicles’ are the primary cause of inflammation and SIRS. A therapeutic solution is now being developed to stop the harmful effects of microvesicles without impairing the normal healing processes in tissue.
Pregnancy and Neonatal Research
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital cares for over 700 babies a year, many of which are born prematurely which can cause lifelong health conditions or disability.
We have supported research into preventing premature birth to help improve the lives of these babies along with research to treat, and ultimately prevent, devastating conditions which can affect these vulnerable patients.
Joint Research Council
We invest in the Trust's Joint Research Committee to support medical research activity in our hospitals through funding fellowships, PhD studentships and other small grants.
In 2016, we invested £108,000 on five projects. We supported two PhD studentships, one in respiratory medicine to identify treatment for emphysema and one in anaesthetics to identify pain-inducing molecules in burn tissues. We also supported one fellowship in colorectal surgery and two smaller grants for research in neonatal medicine.
Patient Experience and Environment Research
Research and impact measurement is at the heart of our Patient Experience and Environment programme. All of our projects are based on scientific findings in order to provide the highest impact possible for patients. And we carry out in-depth evaluations and impact measurement of our work to ensure that we are meeting our aims. Our arts and clinical environments research programme is delivered in partnership with the Imperial College, London, London School of Economics (LSE), Centre for Performance Science (Royal College of Music) and University College London (UCL).