Research and development
At Nottinghamshire Healthcare we are committed to offering carers the opportunity to get involved in research.
We have many different types of projects taking place. Taking part in research doesn't always involve trying new medication. Some projects may simply involve completing a questionnaire or a short interview, or possibly providing a blood or urine sample.
Carers can look for research studies that their cared for patients may be suitable for, by asking their doctor or a patient organisation, or by looking on the internet (such as on the UK Clinical Trials Gateway – see link below). Alternatively, you may be approached to take part in research. Be cautious and don't be afraid to ask questions.
There may be occasions where a family member or carer is asked to provide informed consent for the service user to participate in research. When this happens, the clinician or research assistant will ensure that the family member or carer receives all of the appropriate information before making any decisions.
- The Institute of Mental Health – The Institute of Mental Health is a collaboration between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. There are many features of the organisation that are suitable for service users to participate in, specifically the Managed Innovation Networks which are designed to bring together researchers, clinicians and service-users to improve services through the use of the latest knowledge.
- INVOLVE – INVOLVE is a programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to support public involvement in NHS, Public Health and Social Care Research.
- UK Clinical Trials Gateway – The UK Clinical Trials Gateway is a website that provides information on clinical trials within the UK. It is designed to help you and your clinician locate and contact clinical trials that may be suitable to you.
- The Academic Health Science Network: East Midlands – This network helps to bring patients, carers and communities together with health and social care providers, industry and research to make real differences to health in the East Midlands.
- East Midlands Clinical Research Network – The National Institute of Healthcare Research Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery aim of the NHS.
- East Midland Clinical Research Network – ‘Find a Clinical Research Study' - This database allows you to search for studies currently open within your area. You can use your postcode, search by hospital or GP Practice or by medical condition.