Be involved in research at North Bristol NHS Trust

Be involved in a ‘research patient group’ to help ensure North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) continue to deliver exceptional healthcare now and in the future.

Closing date: Ongoing

For: People with personal experience of healthcare are best placed to comment on what research is needed and how research should be done. You don’t need any research experience.

What: Members of the public can bring a different perspective that is not always the same as those of researchers. Your involvement helps to ensure that the process is focused on what is important to people making it more relevant and acceptable to people who need to use NBT services. Being part of a research patient panel you will be able to:

  • comment on researchers’ treatment ideas
  • comment on how treatment will be carried out
  • read and give feedback on patient information sheets, letters to patients and questionnaires
  • sit on research committees and research project meetings

Where: Meetings usually take place at the Trust Headquarters at Southmead Hospital. You can be involved in as many or as few meetings as you like. Each group is different, some meet up for two hours every eight weeks, some just three times in total.

For more information or to get involved please either email or telephone our Patient & Public Involvement lead for research on 0117 414 9330. You can also download the information leaflet here.

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Share your experiences of leaving hospital

Closing date: Monday 2 September 2019.

For: People who have recently been – or care for/support someone who has recently been – an inpatient in an acute or community hospital in Bath and North East Somerset or Wiltshire.

What: The Local Government Association (LGA) is reviewing how health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire are working together to support people when they leave hospital. The LGA want to know what is and isn’t working well, so they can support health and care services and commissioners to identify what improvements need to be made in future.

Where: You can fill in the survey online or call 01225 831 861 to request a paper copy. Please fill in this survey by Monday 2 September to share your experiences and views.

More information: If you would be interested in taking part in a group discussion to share your views, please email or call 01225 831 861. The focus group will be at St Martins Hospital in Bath on Monday 23 September 2019.

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Get involved in The People’s Trial

The People’s Trial is a new and exciting way to participate in scientific research, where participants decide all the major steps of a randomised trial. This initiative is being run by the Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) based in NUI Galway in Ireland.

The People’s Trial is an online space where people can contribute to a randomised trial through six phases. The first phase has now been completed but you can sign up to their mailing list to hear about phase two; choosing the final trial question from everyone’s suggestions. Anyone can take part – you don’t need special skills or training. It’s a fun, free way to enjoy science while doing a little bit of good in the world.

A randomised trial is;

“A study in which a number of similar people are randomly assigned to 2 (or more) groups to test a specific drug, treatment or other intervention. One group (the experimental group) has the intervention being tested, the other (the comparison or control group) has an alternative intervention, a dummy intervention (placebo) or no intervention at all. The groups are followed up to see how effective the experimental intervention was. Outcomes are measured at specific times and any difference in response between the groups is assessed statistically. This method is also used to reduce bias.” National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

The People’s Trial aims to help the public learn about randomised trials, to understand why they matter and to be better equipped to think critically about health claims. It will also help researchers learn about how best to involve the public in the steps of a trial process. This in turn will help influence other trials to be better designed and implemented in the future.

Find out more and take part here.


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