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Research Matters: Equality, Inclusion and Diversity in Healthcare Research: 19 May 2022

Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London celebrate International Clinical Trials Day 2022

Barts Health NHS Trust, together with Queen Mary University of London, is hosting ‘Research Matters: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare Research’ as part of our International Clinical Trials Day 2022 (ICTD22) programme. This is an annual public event, which allows attendees to discover more about healthcare research in an interactive way.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the prevalence of health inequalities across the UK, affecting people living in areas of high deprivation, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, older people, those with a learning disability and others with protected characteristics.

At Barts Health and Queen Mary, we are committed to:

  • Ensuring our research practice is inclusive
  • That we offer equality of opportunity and access to healthcare research
  • We work better to engage with people and groups from all backgrounds.

Diverse people and communities shape our research, and we strive to make opportunities to get involved or participate in research an integral part of everyone’s experience of health and social care services.

Research Matters: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ in Healthcare Research’ is a hybrid event with talks from researchers, research participants and public contributors, highlighting some of the many ways we are working to build better and more meaningful engagement with our local population. 

Our programme features Dr Vanessa Apea, consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at Barts Health NHS Trust and Clinical Champion for Black, Asian and minority ethnic engagement at NIHR Clinical Research Network North Thames, talking about the SHARE collaborative.

Dr Ben Jacobs, who is studying Multiple Sclerosis genetics in non-European ancestries as part of his PhD research is joined by one of the study’s steering group members. There will also be talks from trial participants and public contributors, the launch of a short new animation, online chat rooms where we can share ideas and insights and other interactive elements.

We have an exciting selection of post-event chatrooms available for you to choose from, which will take place immediately after the conclusion of our main event.

To discover the topics and hosts for each of our chatrooms, please download the pdf below.

2022 Clinical Trials Day chatroom programme [pdf] 169KB

How to book

The main programme takes place on Thursday 19 May, 5pm - 6.45pm, via Microsoft Teams.

Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite

We hope to see you there. There are lots of other activities going on in our hospitals around International Clinical Trials Day. To find out more, download the pdf below:

Other International Trials Day activities [pdf] 197KB

Take part in research

Note to research staff: for information about conducting research at Barts Health including governance processes, SOPs and patient and public involvement advice/resources, please visit our Joint Research Management Office (JRMO) website.

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Do you want to be a part of helping keep people healthy? Would you like to help us find better ways to look after our patients?

We're always looking for patients who can help us find out which treatments work best for people and compare different approaches to preventing and treating illnesses and health problems.

You could be part of pushing the frontiers of modern medicine if you take part in our research projects and you will be helping patients in the future. If you are approached, we know you might have some questions and our team will be glad to help.

What might it involve?

This will vary, and your doctor will be able to explain exactly what this means for you. You will be part of a clinical trial testing new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent a disease.

You might be asked to:

  • Fill in a questionnaire
  • Give samples of blood, skin or other tissue
  • Take part in a chat with other patients, carers or members of the public about your experience
  • Be interviewed by a researcher so that we can hear about your views or experiences

If you are asked to be part of a trial, you’ll be given an information sheet that tells you more about the research, what it involves, how much time it is likely to take and all the risks and benefits of taking part.

You will be given time to make sure you understand all this information –at least two days – and please feel free to discuss this with your family, friends, GP or other people involves in your care. If you don’t understand any aspect of the trial, make sure you ask as you should only say yes and sign the consent form if you are sure you want to go ahead.

Taking part in research is a really positive experience, but you do not have to do it if you don’t want to. That decision will not affect your routine healthcare.


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Taking part in research

If you are currently receiving treatment for a disease or illness, it is best to speak to your GP, consultant or nurse about current research investigating that condition.

If you have information about a specific trial taking place in one of our hospitals or our school of medicine and dentistry, please email us with some details e.g. the study title, lead investigator/ consultant’s name, condition or disease etc and we can follow up on your behalf.

You can also visit the Be Part of Research website for clinical trials which might be taking place in a hospital close to where you live. Each record contains a summary of the study and the contact details of the lead investigator or trial coordinator, who are usually best placed to give advice on the referral process(es) for that specific trial.

The Research Engagement and Diffusion team

Who are we? 

The Engagement and Diffusion team sits within the Joint Research Management Office (JRMO), with the aim of improving patient and public engagement, involvement and participation in research across the Trust. We are based at Newham Hospital. 

What we do

There are many aspects to research, but central to all studies is the Research Engagement and Diffusion Team who work with researchers, patients and the public to support public engagement, participation and involvement in research.

The team are a central point of contact for patients and members of the public who are interested in participating or getting involved in research and also send information out directly to local people who have expressed their interest in getting involved.

All members of the public are welcome to sign up to our mailing list, especially those living in the areas we serve across east London, by emailing us- or Tweet us at @BartsHealthResearch

Contact us

If you have any questions about public involvement in research please email us

Interpretation service at Barts Health

If you need an interpreter to enable you to take part in research at Barts Health, this can be arranged through the Bilingual Health Advocacy and Interpreting Service