Public and patient involvement

If you are a patient at UHSM, we want to give you a chance to have a say about your own care and treatment and how much you want to be involved in decisions about your care.

We also want to her your views about how we provide services as well as policy and planning. By getting involved, you can give us a better understanding of your priorities and concerns. You will also get a better understanding of how we work.

By working together we can develop services that are better targeted, more effective and more likely to meet the expectations of the people who use them. It also helps to improve our relationship with patients, carers, relatives, visitors, organisations and the local community.

If you would like further information about getting involved with our research programmes, please see the links and contact information below.

Why get involved?

If you take part in a Clinical Trial, you may be one of the first people to benefit from a new treatment. Or if you have standard treatment as part of a clinical trial, you can help to test whether that treatment is better and safer than a standard or new treatment.

Clinical Trials can help find out if treatments are safe, have any side effects or are better than available standard treatments. They can help prevent illnesses by testing a vaccine, detecting or diagnosing illnesses by testing a scan or blood test, or treating illnesses by testing a new medicine. They can also help us to find out how best to provide psychological support and how people can control their symptoms or improve their quality of life by testing how a particular diet affects a condition.

All trials follow a set of rules, known as a protocol, to ensure they are well designed and as safe as possible, that they measure the right things in the right way, and that the results are meaningful. Each trial will also provide a Patient Information Sheet, detailing what is involved, how the trial will work, and any other information you need.

Contact

Professor Ann-Louise Caress: PhD, BNurs, RGN, RHV, DN Cert
Professor of Nursing: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
The University of Manchester
Room 6.341, Jean McFarlane Building
Manchester, M13 0PL
Tel: 0161 306 7818
Fax: 0161 306 7707

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
2nd Floor, Education and Research Centre
Tel: 0161 291 5856
Email: ann.caress@manchester.ac.uk