Take part in Research
The aim of our research is to find better ways of looking after our patients and keeping people healthy. We need the evidence from trials to know which treatments work best and compare different approaches to preventing and treating illness and health problems.
Many of our doctors and nurses working across our hospitals play a key part in research and so do our patients. Patient participation is vital to help us improve future treatments and our services.
Get involved in research and help us make a difference
Patients at our hospitals are often approached and asked if they would like to participate in a research project. Our projects are designed to push forward the frontiers of modern medicine and we hope that the results will benefit patients in the future.
What might it involve?
It may involve:
- Being in a clinical trial and testing a new way of diagnosing, preventing or treating a disease
- Filling out a questionnaire
- Giving samples of blood, skin or other tissue
- Taking part in a focus group with other patients, carers or members of the public
- Being interviewed by a researcher so that we can hear about your views or experiences
What information will I be given?
If you would like to participate, you will need to sign a consent form - we will not proceed without your written agreement.
You should also be given a patient information sheet that tells you more about the research, what it involves, how much time it is likely to take and any of the risks and benefits of taking part. You should always be given time to read this and discuss it – for example, you may want to talk about it with your family or your GP. Ideally the researcher will give you at least two days to think it over. If you don’t understand any of the information on the sheet then ask for an explanation. You should only say ‘yes’ if you are sure that you understand what the research will involve.
What happens if I decide to take part?
Taking part in research can be a very positive experience. However you should remember:
- Taking part is voluntary – if you say yes, and change your mind later, that is okay.
- If you don’t want to take part, then this will not affect your routine healthcare.
- Information you give as part of the study, that might be traceable back to you, should not be passed on to anyone outside the research team without your permission.
- You are entitled to know what the results of the research are.
Bilingual health advocacy and interpreting service
The Bilingual Health Advocacy and Interpreting Service (BHAIS) provides services to patients, relatives and carer who either do not have English as a first language or are users of British Sign Language. Its services are equally available to those taking part in research projects at this Trust, whether as patients, their relatives or as carers.
Details of how to contact BHAIS at any of our hospitals can be found in the attached document.
When contacting the relevant local BHAIS team please ensure you give as much notice as possible.
How can I find out more?
For more information on how you can take part in research and help us improve future treatments and our services email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7363 9028.