Research funding secured for radiotherapy equipment

Published: 19 December 2023

Torbay and South Devon NHS research and development and radiotherapy teams have secured over £800,000 of funding to support both research trials and the ongoing care of patients.

The team were successful in securing £816,256 from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), which was part of £3,638,515.00 available to organisations in the South West peninsula.

The bid focused on new equipment for the radiotherapy department which will enhance the experience of people we care for and those taking part in research trials.

The new equipment will also be used to improve the accuracy, safety and efficiency in planning and delivering radiotherapy, as well as to support ongoing involvement in high quality research.

This success reflects and recognises the incredible amount of research happening in Torbay and South Devon, as well as the hard work of all the teams involved.

Dr Nicole Dorey, consultant clinical oncologist and clinical lead for radiotherapy, said: “Participation in clinical trials is a very important component of care within oncology departments for both patients and staff. Research allows patients to be part of innovative treatment options, which may lead to improved outcomes, as well as driving forward positive change in radiotherapy treatment planning and delivery.

“The radiotherapy and research and development teams at Torbay were delighted to receive this funding which will support us to continue to improve the service we offer patients.”