The Lancashire Clinical Research Facility based in Preston is encouraging members of the public to tweet selfies and share their reasons for taking part in clinical research to raise awareness of International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May.
The Clinical Research Facility which is based at Royal Preston Hospital is a partnership between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Clinical Research Teams and Lancaster University. The teams have joined together to provide a unique combination of research that looks at both physical and mental health research, such as the effects dementia has on peoples overall health and wellbeing, to provide patient-centred care. The team is joining with the #whywedoreserach campaign on Twitter and is encouraging people to tweet selfies explaining why they think it’s important to get involved.
Karen Palmer, Clinical Research Nurse Manager for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and one of the leads at the Clinical Research Facility said:
“This is a great day to really get people thinking about clinical research. Research is vital in order to allow advances in medicine and healthcare overall. Research can vary from trying out new medicines to therapies and treatments that don’t involve medicines – the possibilities are wide and varied!
“This year we are setting the challenge to staff at both Trusts and members of the public to tell us why they have, or would, get involved in clinical research. We look forward to seeing people’s pictures and don’t forget to include #whywedoresearch on Twitter.”
Nichola Verstraelen, Senior Research Nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust said:
“We host an ever expanding catalogue of clinical research trials, ranging from studies into dementia treatment right through to research into maternal care and children’s health, and anybody is encouraged to get involved. The things that we discover through our research trials help us to develop new treatments or help us to learn more about certain conditions, which can make a real difference to future generations and ultimately helps us to save lives.”
The team will be at the main entrance of Royal Preston Hospital and Assessment and Treatment Centre entrance at Chorley Hospital between 9am and 4pm. There will be a mobile photo booth that people can use to have their photo taken and share their comments about research. Don’t worry if you don’t want to show your face, you can remain anonymous if you wish. There will also be a research cinema at the new Lancashire Clinical Research Facility where you can see videos of people talking about their experience of being involved in research.
If you are interested in taking part in a study you can contact the team on 01772 522031 to find out about what’s available; something as simple as completing a questionnaire could help us in working towards improvements for health conditions in the future. For more information about research and clinical trials please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/clinic-trials or www.lancsteachinghospitals.nhs.uk/research-facilities.