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Effective partnership working

Our hospital-university partnership drives our success. University Hospital Southampton (UHS) is one of the largest UK acute teaching hospitals, ranking third for trial recruitment. The University of Southampton (UoS) is a top 100 global research university.

The NIHR Southampton BRC is physically and operationally part of the UHS Research and Development (R&D) Department which hosts our NIHR infrastructure including:

UHS R&D oversees clinical and translational research and, in partnership with UoS, research support activities including:

We hold effective partnerships with regional stakeholders, the NIHR and both national and international collaborators.

Our activities build upon regional Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NIHR investment in the Southampton NIHR CRF, Research Design Service (RDS) South Central, ECMC, NIHR-CRUK Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), Wessex Applied Research Collaboration (ARC), NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), Wessex Clinical Research Network (LCRN) and Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

The Wessex NIHR Experimental Medicine Network (containing nine NHS Trusts and three universities) within Wessex Health Partners delivers a place-based integrated experimental research system across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

We also hold several long-established close collaborations. These include research with the University of Reading, exploring nutrition in early life, and the University of Plymouth/University Hospital Plymouth, developing individualised oxygen/fluid therapy in critical illness. Our microbiology and immunology research is partnered with the UK Health Security Agency and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Porton Down).

We have strong BRC strategic partnerships with the University of Oxford, UCL, Imperial College London, King’s College London, the University of Manchester and the University of Bristol.

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