There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that involvement in research is beneficial in terms of the quality of care that patients receive, quite apart from the direct value of new research findings. In recent years successive governments have driven the pursuit of a national NHS Research & Development (R&D) strategy and have taken steps to improve the training of staff, the focus of the project around priorities and needs and the transparency of the financial support required to accommodate R&D activity.  Research is vital to these endeavours, underpinning the development of new ways of promoting and protecting health and curing and caring for the sick.

Although Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is the smallest acute trust in the Kent & Medway area our aim is to be the most successful hospital trust for research across the county. We want this hospital to be the most efficient and cost effective centre in Kent for research. 

If you have an idea about research you want to provide for your patients please contact the R&D office which is located at Darent Valley Hospital in the Administration Corridor on level 3.