The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) is a 1,200-bed teaching hospital providing acute care for around one million people living in Norfolk and surrounding areas.
It provides a full range of acute clinical services, including more specialist services such as oncology and radiotherapy, neonatology, trauma and orthopaedics, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, interventional radiology, brachytherapy, specialist cardiology, paediatric medicine and surgery.
It is one of the busiest teaching hospitals in the country and the Trust also runs a district hospital in Cromer which is home to a wide range of outpatient, day case, cancer care and diagnostic facilities.
More than 60 different categories of professionals work at NNUH which employs over 9,000 staff – making it the largest single employer in Norfolk. Its award-winning apprenticeship programme helps to grow the local workforce.
As a teaching hospital, NNUH works closely with UEA’s Medical School and School of Health Sciences, which incorporates nursing and midwifery. It delivers a high standard of training to students, postgraduates and professionals both within the hospital and in the bespoke Bob Champion Research and Education Building.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust undertakes high-quality, high value research that’s important to healthcare worldwide. NNUH aligns their research with their vision for patient care, including caring for older people, people living with cancer, young babies and children and public health.
More than 300 research projects, covering many areas of medicine, are currently underway with thousands of patients involved in clinical trials every year. NNUH ensures that all the research it undertakes addresses an unmet medical need and has the potential to change practice and improve the care of patients at the hospital, in the wider NHS, and potentially worldwide.
Many of the research projects at the hospital involve organisations from Norwich Research Park and the National Institute for Health Research. NNUH is a partner, along with UEA, Quadram Institute and BBSRC, in the Quadram Institute, a pioneering collaboration on the Park.
The NNUH focuses particularly on research excellence in chronic diseases around oncology, gastroenterology, diabetes and muscular skeletal conditions, paediatrics, older people’s medicine and platform technologies relating to radiology and advanced imaging, and microbiology. Almost a quarter of all research projects at NNUH are dedicated to helping cancer patients and nearly 10 per cent are looking into the healthcare of babies, children and young people.
The NNUH Research Strategy 2020-2025 is focused on four goals:
- Embed a culture of research, creating an inspirational environment that’s recognised nationally and internationally which inspires future leaders of clinical research
- Consolidate and deepen the special partnership with the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB)
- Develop sustainable strategic partnerships critical to the region and the wider NHS
- Be recognised as a leading NHS Trust in applying research and adopting innovation to deliver the best patient care and to benefit the wider NHS.