The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust subscribes to, and actively encourages the “OK to Ask” campaign run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which is intended to empower members of the public to have the information and confidence they need on the subject of clinical research.
If you have a particular illness or ailment and you would like to find out about research in that area, it’s "OK to ask" your treating clinician or GP or nurse, who will be able to advise you of current on-going research taking place.
Here are some other ways to find out about research in your disease area, such as:
- the UK Clinical Trials Gateway website is for those interested in taking part in clinical trials to get involved
- the UK Clinical Research Network Study Portfolio lists a large number of studies that are open to recruitment, along with study contact details
- INVOLVE, which is the national advisory body that is funded by the NIHR to support public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research and development
- People in Research; a national database of opportunities to join patient advisory groups for research studies or to work with researchers as patient representatives - active involvement will help the researchers consider the patient's perspective