Take part in our Research
How to get involved with research
If you want to join one of our research studies, please speak to your clinician or contact our Research and Development team.
Research and Development
Room 161 First Floor
Harry Pitt Building, Earley Gate
University of Reading
0118 378 5264
Our research FAQs
We've put together some information to help you decide whether or not you want to get involved in our Research and Development projects.
All our research is approved by the Health Research Authority and the NHS Research Ethics Committee to make sure that your rights, dignity and wellbeing are protected.
Involvement will be different for every study and could include:
- Filling in a questionnaire
- Being interviewed by a researcher
- Take part in Talking Therapy
- 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 this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Taking part in a study: this is one of the easiest ways you can be involved and get access to new treatment and therapies – you may need to meet some criteria to take part
- Setting research priorities: service users and carers can offer useful ideas about topics that could be researched
- Designing the study: you can help us decide how to carry out the study and make sure interview questions are clear and understandable
- Conducting research interviews: we’ll give you training so you can interview other research participants and gather information about their condition and care
- Checking grant applications: research projects need to be funded and you can help by checking applications before they’re submitted
- Preparing the final report: the whole team usually does this, each contributing their ideas – if you’ve had a main part in the study, you’ll be encouraged to have an input into academic papers and have your name included on the paper
- Publicising results: it’s important to let people know the results of research and how they’re being used to improve treatment and care
- Committee membership: there are other opportunities to take part without being directly involved in a specific study, such as being a member of our R&D committee
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.
All researchers must follow our confidentiality policy. They will not share any of your medical information outside of the study.
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
Whether or not to take part is entirely your decision. If you decide not to take part in our research studies, it won’t affect your treatment in any way.