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Manchester patients invited to take part in research as part of new healthcare campaign

Greater Manchester is hosting an interactive event to kick-start a new campaign to get patients, carers and the public involved in clinical research.

Be Part of Research is the new nationwide initiative from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), supported by NHS trusts across the country.

A local launch is being hosted by the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Greater Manchester at Citylabs, Nelson Street, Manchester, on Friday 24 May, 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend. But anyone who can’t make it can still get involved – by making a simple pledge to show their support for health and care research.*

The event is an opportunity for patients, carers and the public to speak to healthcare professionals about research and see how they can get involved to help improve healthcare for the future.

Every hospital trust in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and East Cheshire will be in attendance to provide information about research opportunities in their area.

There will also be a chance to learn how to get involved in research at your local GP practice or in settings such as care homes and hospices. And local patients who have taken part in research studies will speak first-hand about their experiences.

Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in fun, mock-up clinical research trials to see how they work, and have their picture taken in the Be Part of Research photo booth. Complimentary hot and cold drinks and cake will be served all day, as well as a buffet lunch.  

The message behind Be Part of Research is simple:  Research changes li…