About Us

The Research Development & Innovation (RDI) Department is based on Level 1 in Whiston Hospital. The RDI Department deals with all aspect of clinical research and innovation at St Helens & Whiston Hospitals.

Research is vital to the NHS as it means we can continually improve the healthcare we provide to our patients and develop new and improved treatments and medications.  Research is embedded in the care we provide, and we aim to offer the chance of taking part in research to as many of our patients as we can.

"Our aim is to increase the number of research studies we can offer to our patients and to help them understand more about research and what it means to the NHS." Mrs Jeanette Anders, RDI Manager.

Performance in Initiating and Delivering Research​

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust holds a contract as an NHS provider for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). As part of this contract STHK is required to provide the following information:

  • Performance in Initiating - all clinical trials approved in the last year - click here to view
  • Performance in Delivering – commercial clinical trials hosted by STHK and closed within the last year -  click here to view

Please note that this information is required for clinical trials only, STHK hosts and sponsors many other research studies.

For further information on current research at STHK please contact the RDI Department

Email: or
 0151 430 1424 or 0151 430 1218​

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Senior Team Members

​Professor Kevin Hardy – Medical Director
Jeanette Anders – RDI Manager

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​Research Office, Level 1, Whiston Hospital

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Contact Us

Enquiries – 0151 430 1218/1424   email:

​Manager – 0151 430 2334​

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Other Information

STHK Research Capability Statement

The Department of Health expects NHS organisations to publish an operational capability statement (OCS). NHS organisations that do so make a clear statement about what they are able to offer as hosts or sponsors of health research. Sponsors and researchers can see and use the information to inform and speed up decisions about where to carry out research.

Click here to view this document

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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