Black Country Partnership NHS Founation Trust is celebrating Clinical Trials Day on Saturday 20th May by raising awareness on how patients can get involved and contribute to research, as well as highlighting the current studies that are taking place in the Trust.
During 2016/17, over three-hundred patients have taken up the opportunity to participate in research at the Trust and have helped clincial research in the West Midlands reach over 50, 000 participants.
Each year, International Clinical Trials Day celebrates clinical research all over the world, and highlights the important impact research has had on medicine. The day celebrates the anniversary of the first clinical trial by James Lind in 1747 into the causes of scurvy on board the HMS Salisbury.
John Roche, Consultant Psychiatrist, said: "Our Research and Innovation team are passionate about putting research at the heart of what we do as a Trust. Clinical studies are vital for increasing knowledge and making new treatments available, and we know participants real value the opportunity of contributing to these advances. We are very proud of the work we do and want to keep pushing research forward!
"We were chosen as one of the UK sites for a study looking at novel medical treatment for Bulimia Nervosa. The study open this month and we were the first site in the country to recruit - a brilliant achievement. This was made possible by an excellent team and the support we have had in developing our research facilities.
"We are always keen for ideas and suggestions about the work we do, and would love to hear from patients if you are interested in getting involved."