Research and teaching are central to the work of our service, and we have close links with the National Institute for Health Research Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre.
We work constantly to improve the quality of our care through research. To understand conditions that affect older people, to improve diagnosis, and to find better treatments.
We will ask you if you wish to learn more about research and offer opportunities to get involved in studies or clinical trials. This may be during a hospital stay, at an outpatient clinic or Day Unit, or by contact afterwards.
Research may use your medical records, which we keep confidential and anonymous.
As part of Newcastle University Medical School, we train medical students. This way, we can make sure that the doctors of tomorrow have the right skills and knowledge to provide the best care for older people.
You may therefore be seen by a medical student or other healthcare student during your hospital stay or appointment if you are comfortable with this.