Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust provides acute emergency and planned care hospital services to a resident population of around 430000, a figure which is boosted significantly during the busy holiday periods. The geography of our county – surrounded on three sides by the sea – and the remoteness of the Isles of Scilly present unique challenges but also opportunities for research.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital site hosts the Truro campus of the University of Exeter Medical School and acts as base for a proportion of medical students during years 3, 4 and 5. It is also home to the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.

Research is a hugely important part of what we do at RCHT. The Trust has a highly active Research, Development and Innovation team, this year winning a prestigious BMJ award, which oversees a growing portfolio of studies.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It serves a population of around 430,000 people, a figure that can increase significantly with visitors during the busiest times of the year. The Trust employs approximately 5,000 staff and has a budget of approximately £380 million.

The Trust is responsible for the provision of services at three main sites with approximately 750 beds:

  • Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro
  • West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance
  • St Michael’s Hospital, Hayle

Teaching hospitals

The Trust has teaching hospitals status as part of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) and University of Exeter Medical School. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, the Trust is continually developing its clinical services and is committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site, the Cornwall base for medical students and the University of Plymouth Faculty of Health and Social Work, has further enhanced a strong reputation for training and education. This plays a vital part in attracting and retaining the Trust’s highly skilled teams of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who care for well over half a million people each year.

Reflecting the high standards of care on offer, recent patient surveys show that over 90 per cent of patients rate their overall experience of services as excellent, very good or good.

The Team

Dr Giles Maskell, site lead.

Dr Daniel Kim, imaging research lead.

Nick Ashley, research data manager.

Eve Richards, research radiographer.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and NCIMI

The clinical imaging department is one of very few in the country to be rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. In addition to our work as a member of NCIMI (National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging), the department is actively involved in numerous other research projects, notably investigating the future role of Artificial Intelligence in aspects of imaging management and interpretation.

To learn more about Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust please visit their website.