We offer service users the opportunity to learn about and participate in research studies by asking you if you are interested in hearing about research opportunities when first accessing our services. Even if you are not asked right away, you can ask your care coordinator directly about research if you are interested to find out more.
If you would like to take part in research studies, it is logged in your electronic medical record so researchers in SLaM are aware you are happy to be contacted with information about particular studies that may be of interest to you. You can read more about how this works here.
Each research study has rigorous welfare processes, including review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee, which they need to go through to protect the rights, safety and wellbeing of volunteers.
If you are asked to participate in research and you would not like to take part, you do not have to. Your care and treatment will not be affected and you will receive the same level of care you would always receive while using our services.