HRA calls for best practice in identifying potential study participants

The Health Research Authority (HRA) is launching a call for evidence to identify good practice in identifying potential participants in health research.

Building on their remit to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, they are asking for examples in the areas in which we are directly involved as well as broader successful participation initiatives.

The revisions to the NHS Constitution have committed the health service to recognising and promoting the value of research, and the Health and Social Care Act 2012 placed obligations on NHS organisations to support this.

People can contribute by completing a brief survey and returning it to participant.models@nhs.net by 31 January 2014.

The HRA are interested to hear about the impact of changing recruitment strategies on recruitment and retention rates, and are particularly keen to hear about examples of patient and public engagement around models of recruitment, and evidence about patient and public expectations relating to the identification of participants.

The outcome will be published on www.hra.nhs.uk to enable the research community to benefit from the best ideas in the NHS.