Date: 01 May 2018
Today we’re launching the annual NIHR I Am Research campaign, which aims to encourage patients, carers and the public to get involved in research. The campaign is also seeking to raise awareness and involvement in research among health and care professionals.
For 2018, the campaign celebrates the NHS’s 70th birthday (NHS70). The national NHS70 campaign, led by NHS England, is focusing on how the public can ‘give a present’ for the NHS’s birthday on 5 July and leave a legacy after the celebrations are over. The NIHR is leading on one of NHS70’s seven themes: asking the public to take part in health research.
The NIHR is marking the campaign with events at hospital trusts and NIHR infrastructure across the country, on and around International Clinical Trials Day on Sunday 20 May. The events are an opportunity for patients, carers and the public to speak to healthcare professionals about research and how they can get involved to help shape the next 70 years of the NHS.
To tie in with the NHS’s 70th birthday, the campaign will celebrate how research has improved health and care over the past 70 years and how NIHR research is helping to shape the future. We’re showcasing 70 discoveries that have transformed the way the NHS works and outcomes for patients, and highlighting seven research legends whose findings have transformed care in our health service.
In addition, the NIHR is working with the national media to promote the role that research has played in the NHS and how, through research, the NIHR is continuing to improve the health of the nation.
Show your support
Join the Thunderclap
A Thunderclap involves hundreds of people publishing the same positive message on their social media accounts at the same time on the same day. Sign up to our Thunderclap for International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) on 20 May to show your support for health and care research. Sign up for our Thunderclap.
Add a Twibbon
Add an ‘I Am Research’ Twibbon to your profile picture to Twitter and Facebook to get involved and help spread the word. Add a Twibbon here.
Share how you’re supporting research
Take a photo of yourself with our social media board to share how you are involved in research. You can print a copy of the board and write your own message about supporting research; for example: “I am researching Alzheimer’s disease” or “I am helping to improve diabetes care”.
Take a photo and share it on social media using our campaign-specific hashtags: #IAmResearch, #NHS70 and #ICTD2018. Download our social media board here.
Let us know your top research discoveries and legends
Share our discoveries and legends on your own social media accounts and let us know your views on the most important research discovery of the past 70 years and your own research legends, using the hashtags #70discoveries and #myresearchlegend.
Follow our campaign online and on social media
You can follow our I Am Research and NHS70 campaign on our dedicated campaign webpage: www.iamresearch.co.uk.
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