Staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital have been speaking to patients about the importance of clinical trials today, to mark International Clinical Trials Day.
This year the number of participants taking part in clinical trials in the last 12 monthss has soared to over 870,000 across the UK, with a record number of studies open for patients in England.
The NHS has a long-term goal of reaching one million participants by 2023/24.
Amanda Whileman is matron for clinical research at the royal. She said: "Nothing changes without research. We wouldn't have any new treatments. I personally think it is very important and as a hospital we think it is very important.
"We're constantly looking for new treatments, new devices, anything that will improve patient care."
Brenda Barras underwent a trial at the Royal after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat: "I think there is a bit of a fear factor because I think it is fear of the unknown.
"There have been horror stories in the past that you've heard about clinical trials but in my own experience I would recommend that people try it.
"They really kept an eye on you and I think that if you can do something to help somebody, if not for me, it might help somebody else from the results they get."