OK to Ask - International Clinical Trials Day a success!
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.
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
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
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).