Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Board is inviting people to its public Board meeting, where it will share information on its research strategy, on Thursday 31 January.

The Care Trust’s dedicated team of research professionals has ambitious plans to develop a regional hub for research, building upon its existing activities to continue to support high-quality research that reflects the diversity of the local population and paves the way for next generation care.

The four key aims of the research strategy are to increase the Trust’s capacity and reputation for quality research; to deliver research that will offer real benefits to patients and local communities; to be at the forefront of evidence-based innovative care and services; and to maintain research management that ensures the safety of participants.

Currently, the Trust exceeds the target set by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for recruiting participants for research projects. It also runs several internal projects including Young Dynamos, a group of young people who carry out research to improve local healthcare while developing their own skills. The Care Trust plans to widen its partnerships with higher education providers, which currently include the University of York and Bradford University, ensuring that high-quality research can continue to be developed and carried out on a larger scale.

The Trust’s Medical Director, Dr Andy McElligott, said: “Healthcare research is vitally important for developing better ways of delivering care to our patients. Our research and development team works hard to support clinical research studies and we look forward to sharing our plans for expanding this support with the public.”

The Trust’s Board meeting will take place on Thursday 31 January, 1:30pm – 4:00pm, at New Mill, Victoria Road, Saltaire BD18 3LD.