Shaping the Future: Celebrating NHS75

Today (5 July 2023) is the 75th birthday of the NHS and we are celebrating how our partners are shaping the future of the NHS through research.

The NHS has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to health outcomes over the last 75 years. Research has been critical to driving these improvements, including medicines, vaccines, surgeries, radiotherapy treatments, physical and psychological therapies, and improving methods of diagnosing disease. Thanks to these discoveries, we can all expect to live longer and healthier lives.

In Newcastle, we have a long history of research and innovation, here is a snapshot of our work:

Research in the NHS allows us to explore our potential – offering tomorrow’s treatments for today’s patients. Robotic surgery is a pioneering way of treating patients and in Newcastle, we have been leading the way in this area for several years, thanks to collaborative working between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University.


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In addition to this, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) has worked with NHIP to build on their world-leading research in Lewy Body Dementia and mood disorders. This research, in partnership with the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), has a real impact on patient care through the innovative clinical practice it brings locally, and through the influence it has on national and international clinical guidelines.

CNTW Is also involved in:

  • Linking mental and physical healthcare through programs such as the Patient Safety Research Collaborative (PSRC) and AI Multiply
  • Research to explore new and better treatment options for depression in bipolar disorder
  • A multinational study into whether psilocybin (found in ‘magic mushrooms’) can help people with treatment-resistant depression
  • Studies exploring how virtual reality (VR) based psychological therapy could help people with severe mental health difficulties, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, or autism with overcoming anxiety and phobias
  • Trialling a newly adapted type of talking therapy for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

We can only make the best of these innovative and cutting-edge ways of working, by combining the expertise of partners, to improve the experience, care and health for people in our region and beyond – now and in the future.

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