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Join Dementia Research in North Staffordshire
Patients and members of the public can now sign up to Join Dementia Research in just a few short moments at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM), with the use of a newly installed 'kiosk'.
Join Dementia Research is a national service which allows people with dementia or memory problems, their carers, and anyone who would like to register their interest, to sign up and be matched with suitable research studies. It is also possible to sign up on behalf of someone else.
The kiosk, which has been installed in the main atrium at Royal Stoke University Hospital, holds a small tablet device, on which people can enter their details to easily sign up to the Join Dementia Research service. By signing up, volunteers then give consent to be contacted about relevant research studies in which they are eligible to participate.
The new installation will be in place at Royal Stoke University Hospital, and reception volunteers will be on hand in the atrium throughout the day to help anyone requiring assistance when using the device.
Any adult living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can sign up to Join Dementia Research, and a diagnosis of dementia is not required. Most of the research studies will be looking at ways to treat, prevent or care for those living with memory problems or dementia, and carers, or volunteers without a diagnosis are also needed for some studies.
Martin Booth, Research Co-ordinator for the NOGAP team at UHNM and North Staffordshire Healthcare Combined NHS Trust, said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for patients and the public to get involved and to engage with dementia research locally. We are very happy to have been chosen by the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands as just one of three sites in the West Midlands to host a kiosk."
A total of over 31,000 volunteers have already signed up to Join Dementia Research, with over 8,000 having been enrolled into dementia studies. There are currently 106 research studies open through the scheme, with 183 NHS, University and Commercial Research Organisations using the system to date.
For more information on any of the above, contact the team on 01782 675393. Alternatively, information can be found at https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/.