Last updated: November 2012. Expected review date: November 2013

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Measuring our success

Tommy’s is committed to making pregnancy and birth safer for all. We believe that to do that we need to carefully monitor our research to make sure we're making progress towards that goal.

For that reason our research centres are independently reviewed every two years by leading professors from around the world. 

In addition, each centre must report its own annual progress on key performance indicators. The key indicators for 12 months to November 2012 are summarised below.

Each year the centres also report additional data on esteem indicators, grants that arose as a result of funding from Tommy's' grants, new tools for research, training and career development, as well as impact on health policy, new products and inventions. To view these reports, please email us at websitesupport@tommys.org

Key developments in our research centres

London research centre

  • The specialist preterm clinic has been evaluated over a 10-year period. The clinic has demonstrated a >10 percent reduction in preterm birth both locally and regionally; this has been achieved against a national and international rise in preterm birth. The clinic has been shortlisted for a National NHS Grand Challenges Innovation Prize.
  • Further progress has been made to identify a marker for pre-eclampsia, early in pregnancy. Further work is underway to validate the marker as an effective clinical test.

Manchester research centre

  • A treatment has been developed for fetal growth restriction in pregnancy. Further studies are now required to validate its effectiveness in lots of pregnant women. This treatment could help to reduce stillbirths and the number of babies born too small.
  • Work is progressing to identify babies suffering from growth restriction early in pregnancy so that they can receive increased monitoring and better treatment.

Edinburgh research centre

  • Induction of labour at or after 39 weeks gestation reduces mortality by 60-70 percent without increasing caesarian sections. This finding could help reduce stillbirths if applied across the UK.
  • Studies in both Edinburgh and Manchester using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) are helping to screen women whose placentas have not developed properly and are not functioning as well as they should. This is a key indicator of developing pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth and other pregnancy complications, and is paving the way for MRI screening in high-risk pregnancies, with the potential tfor improving detection of pregnancy problems before they become clinical emergencies.

Source: Tommy’s Research Performance Indicator Report

Further measures (12 months to Nov 2013)

Funding

London

£k

Manchester

£k

Edinburgh

£k

Current grants held excl. Tommy's funding

(total value of grants)

14,923

(2008-18)

9,542

(2008-13)

13,783

(2008-15)

Tommy's funding (annual)

400

400 400
Estimated % of annual research centre spend 19   21 20

 

Staff composition

London  No No staff  % staff Manchester
No staff
% staff Edinburgh
No staff  
% staff
Principle Investigators 8 9% 18 20% 13 36%
PhD and MSc students 16 18% 28 31% 6 16%
Other staff 63 73% 43  49% 17 48%
 Total 87   89    36   

 

Applications submitted

London Manchester
Edinburgh
Number of grants submitted 20  43 45
Success rate 68%

27%

51%

 

Date of last audit

London
Manchester
Edinburgh
  June 2014 June 2014 June 2014

 

Number of peer reviewed scientific papers

London
No.
% total
Manchester
No.
% total
Edinburgh
No.
 % total
Impact factor greater than 7 13 18% 5 8% 4 6%
Impact factor between 3 and 7 29 39% 37 63% 41 57%
Impact factor up to 3 31 43% 17 29% 27 37%
 TOTAL 73  
59  
72  

 

Patents

London
Manchester
Edinburgh
Number of patents held/pending 2 0 0

 

Leverage obtained

London

£k

Manchester

£k

Edinburgh

£k

Additional funding leveraged as a result of Tommy's grants 4,081 2,071 4,600
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