Ask your care provider about trials that may be open to you
It is not just doctors who undertake research at the hospital; a wide variety of professions lead on and deliver research projects. If you are interested in participating in a research project or feel you would benefit from participating, please speak to your care provider. Your care provider may be a doctor, nurse or therapist. If your care provider is not involved in research you wish to participate in, then they will put you in touch with a member of staff who is.
Alternatively, you can speak to a member of staff in the Research and Development Department. There is a range of research professionals on hand including nurses, laboratory staff, pharmacists and therapists to discuss your individual situation.
You can also download these patient information leaflets:
- Information about research for adult patients and their relatives
- Information about research for teenage patients and their relatives
- Information about research for parents and children
Suggest areas where you would like to see more research
If you would like to see the Trust undertake research in a particular area that we currently do not look at, then please let us know. It may be a particular disease area or new innovation, or something you may have seen in another hospital. If you have a suggestion then please speak to your care provider or to a member of the Research and Development Department. Please look at the list of studies that are currently open and recruiting patients at MTW here
Volunteer to participate in research focus groups and design meetings
A good research project is only as good as the planning that goes into its creation. It is considered good practice to involve patients and/or members of the public in the research planning process for so many reasons. If you are interested in joining a focus group to help design research trials, then please let us know. You could help to design research in a disease area that perhaps personally important to you or support a variety of projects.
Volunteer to become a local Patient Research Ambassador
The National Institute for Health Research has been running a national initiative to encourage patients and members of the public to become more involved in research locally. At MTW, we have recruited a volunteer Patient Research Ambassador who is responsible for promoting patient and public involvement in research.