Patients: Get Involved

Clinical research is essential to help develop and deliver the best treatments and care for patients. Being involved in a study can help patients have a better understanding of their condition, and may give them access to new treatments. Getting involved in research will also help other people with respiratory or other health conditions. This is why the Respiratory Medicine team and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are keen to get more people involved in our clinical research.

If you are interested in being involved in clinical research in any way, contact the Sheffield Clinical Research Office:

  • email: getinvolved@sth.nhs.uk
  • phone: 0114 226 5935
  • post: Get Involved, Clinical Research Office, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF.

There are many ways in which people can get involved:

  • Participate in a clinical trial or research study: if you are a current or former patient of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, you could be eligible to take part in one or more of our research studies. Your hospital doctor will be able to tell you about studies that might be suitable for you. A list of our current Respiratory studies can found at this link
  • Join the Respiratory Medicine Research Database: The Respiratory Medicine department at the Northern General and Royal Hallamshire Hospitals have a Research Database. By signing up, patients help by allowing their clinical information be used in research, and if you agree we may contact you to let you know about new research studies in which you might wish to participate. Click this link for details of the Respiratory Medicine Research Database
  • Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) enables people to be involved in setting the priorities and design of research. This is important for many reasons including:
      • improving the quality and relevance of research and focus on public interests
      • patients have a personal perspective that doctors do not have
      • ensure research methods are acceptable and sensitive to the situations of participants
      • making information appropriate and accessible (e.g. in questionnaires and information leaflets)
      • research funders and charities now consider whether patients have been consulted during research design, so it is vital that researchers consider PPI when they apply for funding.

Further information about PPI can be found at the following links:

http://www.sheffieldclinicalresearch.org/for-patients-public/ - The Sheffield Clinical Research Office website has information on research taking place across Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

http://www.invo.org.uk/ - INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports public involvement in NHS, health and social care research.

http://www.rds-yh.nihr.ac.uk/ppi/ - The Research Design Service is part of the National Institute for Health Research and supports researchers by encouraging meaningful patient and public involvement at all stages of the research process.