NIHR is marking International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) with its ‘Ok to ask’ campaign calling on patients and carers to ask their doctor about NHS research they can take part in.

You can support the campaign by visiting our Facebook page and passing the message on to other patients that it’s ‘Ok to ask about clinical research’ that might help them and others like them.

Our Facebook page also details the many events happening at NHS hospitals and NIHR facilities across the country to mark the day.

Research, it couldn’t happen without you.

In the last year 630,000 people across the UK volunteered to take part in a clinical trial or study. They do so because they want the chance to possibly benefit from new treatments. But also to help others like them, now and in the future, with their condition.

As James Elliott who has diabetes says:

“My quality of life is a direct effect of the research carried out by the Hospital. I now understand that as well as research for the future, research is now, and it helps real people like me to have real lives. Am I totally cured? No. Will I ever be totally cured? No. But am I enjoying life again? Yes I am!”

Our researchers are on board.
In a new publication from INVOLVE, titled NIHR Senior Investigators: Leaders for public involvement in research, five Senior Investigators (SIs) give an account of how and why they involve patients and the public in their work, namely:

  • Dr John Bradley, Director, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre
  • Professor David Gunnell, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
  • Professor Elaine Hay, Director, Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences Centre, Keele University
  • Professor Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology and Director, Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Sue Ziebland, Director, Health Experiences Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Services University of Oxford

The NIHR SIs constitute a network of approximately 200 pre-eminent researchers who represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.
Launched to mark International Clinical Trials Day, the publication has a foreword from Professor Dame Sally C. Davies FRS FMedSci, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health and an introduction from Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and NIHR National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research.
This was an NIHR-wide project funded by INVOLVE working with the NIHR Faculty and the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility.

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