UHCW opens its doors to world of research

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) is opening its doors to patients, visitors and staff to bring the world of clinical research to life and show how innovative ideas can make a difference for patient care.

The Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) department will hold its fourth annual open day on Wednesday, May 11. The open day is taking place in the main entrance and maternity entrance of University Hospital in Coventry.

The event will include information stalls from areas across the Trust in which research is conducted, such as renal, cardiology, cancer, midwifery and gastroenterology.

UHCW is aiming to be a world-leading institution for research and innovation. Its research into new treatments and interventions means that patients can benefit from the latest evidence-based practice. The Trust works closely with universities, industry and other partners to develop research and innovation.

Sarah O’Toole, RD&I Senior Administration Officer, said: “This year’s open day will showcase all the amazing research taking place here at UHCW. As well as having our research teams on hand to discuss ongoing research activities, we will also be joined by patients who have taken part in past research trials.

“It’s really important that we continue to hold these events to let our patients, staff and the public know that we are a research-active hospital, supporting clinical trials taking place throughout the UK and multi-nationally to help patients.”

The day will include a career stand for budding researchers to get more information, and a sweets mock trial which will take participants through the different stages of a trial such as consent, eligibility, and participation, where people are given either a sugar or non-sugar based sweet and asked to rate the taste.

RD&I is also excited to showcase current innovative methods which are being used to train the surgical teams, in the forms of virtual reality training, with the opportunity for the public to experience on the day.

All research departments will be engaging with staff and the public discussing current research projects and trials available.

Ceri Jones, Head of RD&I, said: “It is great to see our research go from strength to strength. Last year over 5,000 patients took part in research studies at UHCW NHS Trust. Without their support and interest, we wouldn’t be able to provide healthcare for the future.”

The Open Day will be taking place all day on Wednesday, May 11, in the main entrance and maternity entrance of University Hospital in Coventry.

For more information about the RD&I team at UHCW NHS Trust, visit: http://uhcw.nhs.uk/research/about-us