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Why should I register?

The only way to improve health is through research. It might sound obvious, but research for a health condition can only take place with the help of people who have that condition.

Many people who have health problems are interested in taking part in research but don’t know how to find out what is going on.

At the same time, researchers are struggling to find people who want to take part in their studies. Research for the Future helps connect the two.

Taking part in any aspect of health research means you can help improve health care and treatments now and for future generations.

What does joining Research for the Future mean?

Joining Research for the Future  means you agree we can send you information about health research that you may be suitable for.  When you join you will be asked for your contact details and some basic questions about your health condition.  We use this information to keep you updated about research opportunities in your area.

You can register your details and join the campaign very easily online.

Alternatively you can text the word research and your name to 81400 and a member of our team will call you to complete your registration over the phone.

Which research studies can I take part in?

We have lots of different types of research for you to take part in, including questionnaires, focus groups and trials of new treatments.

When a study is available in your area, we will contact you to let you know where it is taking place, what would be involved and how you can take part. We never pass your details to the researchers.  If you are interested in taking part we will tell you how to contact the researcher.  This means it is always your decision whether you take part in any research we tell you about.

Some research studies have very specific requirements, for example they may be looking for people with a particular medical history or who are taking certain medications. Other research opportunities such as focus groups may only need a few people. This means not everyone who volunteers for a study will be able to take part.

Taking part is completely voluntary. You can withdraw from a study or from Research for the Future at any time without it affecting your care.

The research team will always inform your GP if you take part in any clinical research.

What happens after registration?

A member of the Research for the Future team will contact you by telephone within a few days of you registering. During this short call you will be asked about the types of research you are interested in and you will have opportunity to ask any questions you have about the campaign. Your registration is then complete.

Why do you want my NHS number?

Your NHS number is unique to you.  It helps us identify you correctly and confirm that the details we hold for you remain current. The Research for the Future team can never see any of your health or medical records.

You can find your NHS number on your prescription, medical card or your GP practice can provide you with it.

Any information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database kept in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act (2018). Only the Research for the Future team have access to it.  Your details will never be passed to anyone else.