Take part in research at Patient Recruitment Centre: Leicester
Every minute in the UK, someone is diagnosed with a disease or a condition. The treatment and support they will receive will, at some point, have been discovered by research. Research improves the health and social care provided by the NHS and others, advancing medicine to find new cures and better treatments for future generations. It also helps to improve diagnosis, prevention and quality of life for everyone. In some cases it can change lives, or even save lives.
Why take part in research
People take part in research for many reasons. Some want to find out more about a diagnosed health condition and have access to new treatments and more regular health checks. Others want to support research for a disease that has affected them or a loved one, or to make a difference for future generations by helping to improve treatments for existing conditions and diseases that are not currently treatable.
Explaining late phase commercial research
At the Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC): Leicester we offer opportunities to take part in late phase commercial research. Late phase clinical trials test whether a new treatment is better than existing treatments. By this point, the new treatment will have already been tested for safety and whether it has any side-effects. Commercial research is any trial or study funded by a private company rather than through the government, university or a charity.
Patient safety and well-being
Your safety, health and wellbeing are paramount. All clinical trials run through our PRC have been carefully checked by an independent research ethics committee, approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and Health Research Authority (HRA), and confirmed by our host organisation, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, to meet the highest standards.
Our PRC is in a ‘COVID-safe’ facility. We will only ask you to see us when it is necessary, following the guidelines issued by our host NHS trust. Watch this video to find out more.
“I took part because vasculitis affects only 1 in 50,000 people, and we don’t know enough about it. Research is needed so there is more knowledge about the disease and how to treat it. It’s a genetic condition: my mother may have had it - we don’t know for sure, but the symptoms she had before she died make it a possibility. I also have two sons and I’d like them to stay healthy.
“I would say to anybody thinking about taking part in research to do it. At the end of the day you are monitored much more closely than you would normally. If you’re having side-effects, they’ll check you over to be on the safe side, and take you off the medicine if necessary. If they can get a greater understanding of different diseases to keep people well it has to be a good thing.”
Mark Bennett, a patient at Leicester’s Hospitals who took part in a late-phase commercial trial in 2020. The trial was testing a new medication for ANCA-associated vasculitis, a rare genetic condition that causes inflammation of the blood vessels.
Supporting your choices
Choosing to take part in a clinical trial need not be a difficult decision. Our friendly team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals will be there to support you. We will answer your questions before you consent to entering a trial. During your initial chat, you will be given information such as what the study is about, the types of tests and treatments you may receive, the length of the trial and the number of visits required. This will be different for each study. You will be given time to think about your decision and discuss it with your family or GP. If you decide not to take part, it will not affect your routine healthcare.
A warm welcome
We look forward to welcoming you to our bright, comfortable and spacious facility at Leicester General Hospital. We are well stocked with refreshments, and have light and airy waiting rooms. Our PRC is fully accessible, with lifts from the ground floor to our reception area. Parking is available on site. We are also well served by our local public transport network, with a regular bus taking visitors to and from Leicester city centre and the railway station. All travel expenses are reimbursed.
Designed for you, by you
Leicesters' Hospitals have a strong culture of public involvement: we ensure patients have a say in our decision making. We are keen to better understand what is working well and where we can improve. We do this using the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Participant in Research Experience Survey and engaging with our local patient panels. We also work closely with the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Health to ensure all voices are heard.
Be Part of Research
Be Part of Research is a service that makes it easy for the public to learn about and search for research studies. Discover how research studies are designed, what happens when you decide to take part and the importance of taking part.
COVID-19 vaccine research registry
Can you support research to find a vaccine to help stop the spread of COVID-19? The vaccine research registry allows people to register their interest in taking part in vital research, and enables researchers to find participants to ensure that potential vaccines will work for everyone. Sign up to help find a vaccine for COVID-19.
Get in touch
To register your interest in taking part in our research, either in a clinical trial or as part of our patient involvement group, please contact:
- Email PRCLeicester@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
- Phone: +44 (0)116 258 4499
- Public involvement in clinical research at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
- University of Leicester NHS Trust
- Be Part of Research
- NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry
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