PXL_20240521_145200182.MP.jpgThe Royal Free London’s 10th annual research and development open day was a huge success with a host of inspiring talks and panels being held throughout the event.

Lucy Parker, RFL interim director of research and development, said she was delighted with the event, which was attended by scores of patients, staff and members of the public.

She added: “Today was about showcasing the breadth of research taking place at across the whole trust and the importance of putting patients at the heart of the work we do.

“There were so many inspirational stories from both staff and patients, which I hope will encourage colleagues to start their own research projects.”

Ade Adebiyi, associate director of nursing research, said: “It was a really inspiring day and it was great to see all the amazing work that’s happened over the past ten years in terms of improving research and development at the RFL. This will help us to focus on what we need to do to make research business as usual for everyone at this trust.”

Professor William Rosenberg, deputy medical director of the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) and consultant hepatologist at the Royal Free London (RFL), gave the keynote speech about the future of healthcare and research.

According to Professor Rosenberg, there a number of areas of focus for the NIHR, which is the research and development arm of the Department for Health and Social Care.

These include improving public health within communities to prevent serious illness, bringing research to underserved communities and working more effectively with industry.

He also spoke about increasing the number of NHS clinicians carrying out research and how to improve access for staff.

Professor Rosenberg also praised the RFL’s progress within research and development during the past decade and said: “One of the great things about working at the Royal Free London is the professionalisation of research and development over the past 10 years.”

Alison Kira, director of grants at the Royal Free Charity, spoke about how her organisation provides key support to the trust in terms of its research output.

“I have worked in my grants role for the past four years and during that time what I have learnt about the research carried out here is incredibly inspiring,” she said. “It’s a real privilege to hear about and to be part of this research journey with the trust.”

Image: The Royal Free London's research and development team