Date: 07 December 2017
A Greater Manchester research team has been rewarded for its outstanding recruitment to a dementia clinical research study.
During November, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust was the top-recruiting site in the country to the ASCRIBED study on the National Institute for Health Research portfolio.
The Bolton team, part of the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network, recruited nine patients during the month.
This comfortably placed Bolton at the top of the study’s monthly “A-League Recruitment Table”, ahead of the 17 other active sites in the country.
In total, Bolton managed to recruit 12 patients in the first seven weeks since recruitment opened at Royal Bolton Hospital on 13 October 2017.
That is the second highest total in the country, despite the fact 10 sites have been recruiting for longer.
Led by local Principle Investigator (PI) Dr Seelanere Nandini, the team of Rebecca Hill, Emily Hetherington and Emma McKenna recruited the 12 patients in seven weeks – including one person on the same day the study went live at Bolton.
The study organisers at the University of East Anglia described the recruitment as “astonishing”.
They have awarded Bolton a prize and asked the team to share their best practice in a national newsletter as an example to other sites.
Alison Loftus, Research and Development Manager at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Research activity within the anaesthetics department at Bolton has gone from strength-to-strength over the past 12 months, with the whole team fully embracing research within their practice.
“They have worked closely with the research team to streamline processes and improve communications, to enable more of our patients the opportunity to take part in research.
“It is fabulous to see the team gain recognition for this wonderful achievement.”
ASCRIBED is an observational study funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK.
It is recruiting participants undergoing hip fracture operations under spinal anaesthesia to collect a cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) sample.
The samples are being used to investigate the impact of acute systematic brain inflammation on the development of dementia.
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