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Get Involved in Research

There are opportunities for the public to get involved in different ways.

1. You can participate in research studies

IMG_4581If you are interested in participating in research studies there are a number of ways in which you can get involved:

  • If you are under the care of a consultant or GP for a particular health condition, speak to them initially about clinical trials that may be suitable for you.
  • Visit our dedicated hospital research pages, listed on the righthand side of this page, to find out more information about each hospital's research.
  • The UK Clinical Trials Gateway website is full of information for those interested in taking part in clinical trials public to get involved.
  • The UK Clinical Research Network Study Portfolio lists a large number of studies that are open to recruitment, along with study contact details.
  • The Greater Manchester, Lancashire and S.Cumbria Medicine for Children Research Network website has a list of current trials recruiting on their portfolio.
  • ICON Development Solutions have a clinical trials facility located on the CMFT campus. More information about how to participate in clinical trials can be found on the ICON website.
  • Email Research.GetInvolved@cmft.nhs.uk if you would like to find out more about research at CMFT.

2. You can get involved in research by working with researchers to help plan and run studies

There are opportunities to join patient advisory groups for research studies or work with researchers as patient representatives. Your active involvement will help the researchers consider the patient's perspective and they will value your input greatly.

People in Research has a national database of opportunities to allow you to find out how you could get involved in this way.

3.  You can contribute to other activities at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
There are many ways to get involved with other areas of our hospital:

  • Sign up with the Patient and Public Involvement Team to take part in a large variety of projects, including sitting on patient panels.
  • Sign up to become a volunteer with the Trust's Volunteer Service, who play a key role in making sure that all patients and visitors to the hospitals have as positive an experience as possible.
  • Sign up to become a member of the Foundation Trust and contribute to future plans for these hospitals.

Useful Web Links:

Video Introduction to Clinical Trials A video created by European Communication on Research Awareness Needs (ECRAN) for the general public about clinical trials
INVOLVE Supporting public and patient involvement in NHS research
Encouraging dialogue between the public, patients, and the healthcare community
Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement Local activities
North West People in Research Forum Local network supporting involvement and engagement
Medicine for Children Research Network Information about how children and families an get involved in medical research
NIHR Clinical Research Network Patients and Public Information about how patients and the public can get involved in medical research.

Useful Leaflets: