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Celebrating NHS Research at The Forum
16/05/2016

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust are joining NHS teams from around the region at The Forum, Norwich on Friday 20 May to celebrate the fantastic research happening at NHS trusts and GP practices every day.

This free public 'Celebrating NHS Research' event coincides with International Clinical Trials Day and will see NHS research teams talking about the work they are doing, demonstrating how people can get involved, and raising awareness of the impact of NHS research on the health of the nation and those who take part.

All are welcome from 10am until 4pm in The Atrium where there will be opportunities to take part in a fun, mock trial, visit informative stands hosted by the teams as well as meet some of the clinical research experts behind cutting edge treatments being developed today.

Research teams from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norfolk Community Health and Care, and Norfolk and Suffolk Primary & Community Care will be joined by research colleagues from across East Anglia.

Patient Research Ambassadors (PRA) from the trusts will also be on hand to talk to visitors and provide their perspectives, one of whom will be Noreen Neal who volunteers as a PRA in the Clinical Research Trials Unit at the N&N. She said:

"Events like this are essential to highlight research currently being undertaken now as well as future research projects. It also gives an opportunity to promote the exciting new role of Patient Research Ambassador. Myself and my colleagues are honoured to be able to work with both researchers and the public to promote the need for research and assist with helping the public to understand their vital role."

International Clinical Trials Day takes place on and around 20 May each year, with events held around the world to celebrate research. It provides a focal point to raise awareness of the importance of research in health care, and highlights how partnerships between patients and healthcare practitioners are vital to high-quality, relevant research.

Many other hospital research teams further across the region will also be opening their doors for the public to find out about clinical research on and around the date. For more information, please contact CRNEasternCommunications@nihr.ac.uk.