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The Research and Innovation Team at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust celebrated International Clinical Trials Day on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

Guest speakers talked about their research and visitors had the opportunity to take part in a ‘chocolate trial’

The event also provided an opportunity to find out about research currently being undertaken in the Trust as well as what support is available for research or evaluation projects, how service users are involved in research, and upcoming research training opportunities.

All this and complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits and homemade cakes too!

SSSFT is committed to Research and Innovation and aims to develop a strong research culture among health professionals, enabling them to make the best clinical decisions for their patients, supported by the best evidence based practice. As well as supporting staff and service users to develop their own research and education opportunities the Trust has an expanding research and innovation academic psychiatry unit in partnership with Keele University, led by Professor Athula Sumathipala.

Current studies include carers of people with dementia; how to improve services for young people when moving on from child and young adult mental health services to adult services; effectiveness of guided self-help for anorexia nervosa; suicidal thoughts and sleep problems.

Head of Research and Innovation, Ruth Lambley-Burke said “We want to celebrate the breadth and depth of research studies currently ongoing across our Trust and to encourage more staff and service users to get involved in research or evaluation projects. Effective studies can have a significant impact on how we provide care and treatment and ensure we are continually learning about the best and most effective services”.

As part of the celebrations and to help raise the profile of clinical research the SSSFT team are also promoting the National Institute for Health Research’s campaign about clinical research “IAMRESEARCH”

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