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OK to Ask - International Clinical Trials Day a success!

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On 20th May, our activities to promote the research capabilities of the Trust culminated with celebratory events to mark International Clinical Trials Day.   Visitors to our hospital sites were able to learn more about research and how to get involved through information stands, interactive activities and public engagement events.

International Clinical Trials Day is on or around 20th May each year and commemorates the anniversary of the very first clinical trial by James Lind.  Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) was one of a number of Trusts celebrating International Clinical Trials day this year, and for the first time under a single theme of 'It's OK to ask', set by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  By focusing our efforts on one theme nationally, we hoped to have a greater impact.

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Over 90 people attended the interactive public engagement event, which included presentations from: Simon Denegri (NIHR Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research); consultants involved with research, Professor Colin Sibley, Professor Ian Bruce, and Dr Rick Body; research nurse/coordinator Alison Royale and Dr Clare Griffin; and two patients who had previously been involved in the design of research studies at the Trust. The NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit also provided an interactive session for participants who have been involved in their research at the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research Facility.

Mr Simon Denegri, NIHR Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research explains: "The idea for the 'It's OK to Ask' campaign came from patients, who wanted to empower patients and doctors to feel more comfortable about speaking about research.  My ambition is that this national conversation will drive what we do in the NIHR and NHS over future years."

At CMFT health is our business. Research and innovation is at the heart of everything we do. This means that we're committed to ensuring that patients get high quality care now and continuous improvement - building better ways of working into our services for the future. As you'd expect undertaking world-leading research and translating this into clinical practice requires specialist skill and takes time. But, what may be less obvious is the importance of collaboration.

Mrs Susan Moore, Chair of the Arthritis Research User Group added: "Through my involvement, I'm learning lots of things that help me to understand my condition.  We are listened to and our views are taken seriously.  We all have something different to bring to the table, and often what we bring is a pragmatic approach to help researchers to do things in a way that is practical for patients."

Working together with patients, other researchers and industry is key to shaping future health. We know that majority of the general public believe that it's important to have the opportunity to take part in health research, but according to surveys less than 21% feel confident about approaching the subject with their doctor1.

Learn more about our International Clinical Trials Day campaign and how to get involved with research at: www.cmft.nhs.uk.

1. National Institute for Health Research Survey (2012).