All NHS organisations are expected to participate and support health and care research. Conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best. You may be contacted from time to time about taking part in a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) study. If you are asked about taking part in NIHR research, someone in the care team looking after you will look at your health records to see whether you are eligible to take part before asking you whether you are interested or sending you a letter on behalf of the researcher.
You are free to choose whether or not to take part in any research study you are approached about.
For more details about how your information may be used in research please visit the Health Research Authority website.
For more information on the NIHR please visit www.nihr.ac.uk