Roll up to support the OK to ask campaign

The OK to ask campaign for this year has officially launched with the aim of encouraging more patients or carers to ask about research opportunities that could be available to them or their loved ones.

Clinical research is thriving in the NHS with more than 600,000 patients taking part in clinical research studies in 2013/14. We also know that it’s mostly through a clinician-led approach that patients are recruited into studies and that research overall has a low visibility in the NHS. We would like this to change and to ensure that patients are more aware that research takes place in all settings of the NHS.

A recent survey conducted by the NIHR Clinical Research Network showed that 95 per cent of people surveyed said it was important to them that the NHS carries out clinical research but less than 21 per cent said they would feel very confident about asking their doctor about research opportunities.

While the campaign is primarily aimed at encouraging more patients to ask about research opportunities, it’s also about reminding all healthcare professionals from consultants and GP’s to nurses and midwives, whether research-active or not, to be research-aware.

How you can get involved with the campaign?

Support the campaign on social media:

Join us in raising awareness of the campaign through social media. You can follow us Twitter and you’ll find us on Facebook  where you can get regular updates on what’s happening. We look forward to seeing your posts about what you’re doing locally and don’t forget to email your event details to oktoask@nihr.ac.uk so we can support your activities too.

OK to ask hours on Twitter

We are holding a series of OK to ask hours on Twitter using the #oktoaskhour in the run up to International Clinical Trials day. These will be focused on some of our largest research specialty areas and will take place on Wednesday evening from 8pm-9pm each week.

Expert guest panellists, which will include a research active consultant, a research nurse, a charity representative and a patient, will be available each week to answer any research related questions people ask of them. The following specialty areas will be covered:

  • Diabetes (Wednesday 22 April, 8-9pm)
  • Stroke (Wednesday 29 April, 8-9pm)
  • Dementias and neurodegeneration (Wednesday 6 May, 8-9pm)
  • Mental health (Wednesday 13 May, 8-9pm)

So please help us to spread the word and join in with the conversation each week by using #oktoaskhour.

Materials are now available to order from the online shop

Orders be placed through our online shop for materials to support your events and activities around International Clinical Trials Day.

More details about the OK to ask campaign can be found at www.nihr.ac.uk/oktoask or by emailing: oktoask@nihr.ac.uk