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Take part in our research

Many people who have taken part in our research have found it a positive and rewarding process. If you’re interested in taking part in our studies, please speak to your clinician or GP, or contact our Research and Development team.

For each study, we will talk to you about our aims, and what you will be asked to do.

Remember, you are never obligated to participate in research even if a study is offered to you.

Contact us

If you would like to hear more about upcoming studies and be added to our research interested List, please contact us with your name, date of birth and address.

When you contact us, we’ll check your details against upcoming studies. Our team will get in touch if we think you might be interested in a study.

Research and Development
Psychology Department
Room 161 First Floor 
Harry Pitt Building, Earley Gate
Whiteknights Road
University of Reading
RG6 7BE  

Phone number  0118 378 5264

Email address  research@berkshire.nhs.uk 

We also share our latest research opportunities on our Berkshire Healthcare Twitter profile.

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Our research FAQs

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about research or let you know about other ways you might be able to support research.

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority. For every study, we will make it clear what exactly will be involved, and any potential affects this may have. 

All our research is approved by the Health Research Authority and the NHS Research Ethics Committee to make sure that your rights and dignity are protected.

Your involvement and the time required depends on what is being investigated. The research team or your clinician will be able to provide you with details. Involvement will be different for every study and could include:

  • Filling in a questionnaire
  • Being interviewed by a researcher
  • Take part in a Talking Therapy session
  • Giving a blood or saliva sample
  • Trying out a new piece of equipment
  • Taking a new medication
  • Sharing information from your medical record

You’ll get a chance to discuss the trial in detail with our researchers before you decide whether or not to take part. If you’re not comfortable with it, you can choose not to take part.

You can also get involved with designing and reporting on our studies.

For more information, contact research@berkshire.nhs.uk

Taking part in our studies can help us develop new treatments, understand and prevent illnesses, and improving our patient’s quality of life.

As part of our study, your health will be monitored closely and any changes (whether or not they’re a result of the study) could be picked up and acted on earlier.

There is evidence from a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) report showing that for some conditions, patients involved with clinical trials have better long term outcomes, and may also get earlier access to new treatments/health interventions.

NIHR research - active trusts have better patient outcomes

All researchers must follow our confidentiality policy. They will not share any of your medical information outside of the study.

Your details will be held securely on our register.  All information is kept confidential.  We don’t share information with outside companies or organisations. 

If you would prefer that your information is not held on our register, please inform us and we’ll remove it immediately.

If you’ve got any concerns or questions about one of our research studies, you can:

  • Talk to one of our researchers
  • Contact our Research and Development Office on 01344 415 825
  • Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0118 960 5027
  • Make a formal complaint on 01344 415 600

It's entirely your decision whether or not you take part in a study. If you decide not to take part in our research studies, it won’t affect your treatment in any way.

Registering a clinical trial with us

Confirmation of the capability and capacity of Berkshire Health NHS Foundation Trust to participate in all research projects is undertaken by Research and & Development Team as part of the Trust Management Approval process. 

 

Applying for HRA approvals?

With very few exceptions all clinical research requires approval from a research ethics committee (REC). In addition you will need NHS permission from the Health Research Authority if your study involves NHS patients, staff, resources or facilities

You can find out more on the levels of approval you need from the health research authority (HRA) and integrated research application system (IRAS) websites.

HRA- what approvals do I need for my research study

IRAS - find out more about HRA and HCRW approval 

 

Researchers working for the NHS but not employed by Berkshire Health

If you already have a substantive or honorary NHS clinical contract with another trust and you wish to conduct research in Berkshire health your employing trust will need to complete an NHS-NHS confirmation of pre-engagement checks form and send it back to us with a signed and dated copy of your CV.

Once we're satisfied that appropriate pre-engagement checks have been carried out we will issue an appropriate letter of access. These letters of access are study specific.

 

Researchers from outside the NHS

If you're not working in the NHS but would like to work with us on a study, you will need to complete the Research Passport application form (Sections 1-6) in collaboration with your substantive employer and organise any required supporting documentation.

The application form provides the necessary information required to assure us that appropriate pre-engagement checks have been undertaken and to identify any further checks or updates required.