UK-based patient-recruitment and trial-management business Synexus has partnered with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to set up a clinical-research facility at Hexham General Hospital in the North East of England.

The facility is scheduled to open early next year. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the first such organisation to form an alliance with Synexus, which runs dedicated research centres across the UK, Europe and Africa.

The Trust already has a record of supporting clinical trials across a broad range of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, stroke and cancer. It has also secured National Institute for Health Research funding to lead on a number of national research projects.

Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said the Trust’s existing clinical-research department had “gone from strength to strength” over the last few years.

According to Christophe Berthoux, chief executive officer of Synexus, the partnership “reinforces our commitment to working in productive relationships with industry and now with the NHS to offer an improved clinical-trial experience for patients”.