Our Research and Innovation
Putting research at the heart of patient care
As one of the largest and busiest teaching hospitals in the country, we are committed to improving patient care through research and innovation.
Research and innovation helps doctors and clinicians better understand how diseases work, tackle some of the biggest and most complex health challenges and find more ways of making life comfortable for our patients.
Without research, breakthroughs in medicine wouldn’t be possible.
Our clinicians have been at the helm of a number of advances in medicines over the years, pioneering treatments and technology that are now routinely used in hospitals throughout the UK.
Examples of our cutting-edge research and innovations include:
- First hospital in the country to use ‘pill cameras’ to take pictures of the small intestine to diagnose gut disorders in clinical practice
- Building a virtual heart prototype which could offer doctors a simpler and more reliable way to detect how severely arteries are blocked in heart disease patients – giving hope to thousands
- Establishing Europe’s only dedicated research centre for patients with motor neurone disease, an incurable illness that leaves sufferers unable to walk, talk and breathe.
A research leader
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is internationally recognised for a number of its specialist services and research. This includes diabetes research and studies looking at how diseases of the bone, heart, lung and nervous system affect patients.
The Trust was recently voted one of the UK's top 10 performing Trusts committed to delivering clinical research to time and target by the National Institute for Health Research.
Six clinicians from the Trust hold distinguished senior investigator status from the National Institute for Health Research – an honour bestowed to only 200 academics and clinicians across the country.