Taking research to local communities  

Posted Monday, November 20, 2023 4:31 PM

Taking research to local communities  

Members of the local community are invited to find out more about clinical research by visiting a mobile research unit at King’s Mill Hospital. 

The Nottinghamshire Mobile Research Unit, which has a fully-equipped research clinic, will be based outside the main entrance of the hospital from Monday 20 November until Friday 1 December.  

It aims to make it easier for members of the public to access research opportunities and take part in clinical trials. Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust already carries out research in its dedicated facilities at King’s Mill Hospital alongside local GP practices.  

Patients and members of the public will have the opportunity to talk to clinical research colleagues between 10am and 3pm every weekday. They will be able to find out how the Trust’s Research and Innovation team carries out cutting-edge research, for example, screening for undiagnosed liver disease and treatment for high cholesterol. 

The Trust currently has more than 4,000 patients taking part in research trials in more than 25 areas, including Respiratory, Oncology and Rheumatology. The Trust plans to build on this work by expanding studies into areas not previously involved in research, as well as aligning with the Trust priorities, for example, dementia and ageing. 

Alison Steel, Head of Research and Innovation at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “Having the unit outside the hospital is showcasing how we can make research more visible and accessible to the local community. Research is on the move! By placing the unit in the local community we hope it will give more people an opportunity to participate in clinical research studies and provide them with access to new treatments and interventions.” 

Earlier this year the Trust became the first Trust in the Midlands region to achieve accreditation from IAOCR (the International Accrediting Organisation for Clinical Research). IAOCR accredits clinical research sites and organisations internationally by independently assessing both people and processes to the highest standards. Achieving bronze standard of the globally-recognised accreditation shows that Sherwood Forest Hospitals is consistently working to industry-leading global standards of best practice. 

To learn more about how Sherwood Forest Hospitals can support clinical trials, please email sfh-tr.researchandinnovation@nhs.net

If you are a service user you can talk to your clinical care team about the potential of getting involved in a research trial. 

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