Our aim is to improve recruitment to NIHR Portfolio research studies by building a database of volunteers who consent to be approached in the future about studies they are eligible to participate in.
The campaign is currently being promoted across Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas, to encourage as many people as possible to get involved. Volunteers receive information about research opportunities, relevant local health events and a newsletter twice a year.
Research for the Future consists of a series of ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns. Each Help BEAT campaign invites people with a particular health condition to hear more about research going on in to that condition.
We are currently running:
The Research for the Future team is based within an NHS contact centre. We guide volunteers through the registration process, help keep their details up to date and contact them when opportunities become available for them to take part in research. We contact volunteers by email, telephone or post.
We aim to help researchers recruit to time and target by informing our volunteers about research studies they are eligible to take part in.
If you are a researcher and would like to recruit volunteers from the Research for the Future database, you need to ensure this has been outlined as part of your recruitment strategy and appropriate ethics approval is in place.
Study documentation will need to be provided to the Research for the Future team including protocol, patient information sheet, ethics approval and information about where the study is taking place.
The Research for the Future team can then contact volunteers that live within a reasonable travelling distance of the research centre(s), briefly
outlining the study and commitment required.
The people interested in participating will contact you directly for further information and to discuss eligibility. We never pass any volunteer details to researchers/research teams.
If your study is a questionnaire or focus group, it may be possible for it to be sent direct from the contact centre by email. Print and postal costs must be met by the researcher if it needs to be sent by post.
For more information or advice on any of the above please contact Katherine Grady, the Research for the Future programme manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester is able to:
These services are all provided free of charge. For more information contact us or find out more about the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s Study Support Service.