Date: 13 February 2019
A trio of research professionals presented at a training day to raise awareness of the benefits of clinical trials at St Thomas’ Hospital Endoscopy Unit.
The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Gastroenterology Surgery Research Team spoke to clinical staff about how clinical research changes people’s lives, and they explained how healthcare professionals can play their part in supporting the delivery of research.
Team Lead Research Nurse for IBD and Gastroenterology Parizade Raymode, Clinical Research Nurse Jessica Cordle and Clinical Trials Associate Krishneya Santhirakuma delivered the presentation together. Parizade said:
“It is really important to embed a research culture into the daily care of all of our patients.
“The Endoscopy Team were inquisitive and enthusiastic to find out about the studies that were currently taking place within the department.”
During the teaching session, there were learning materials to support health care staff in research, enabling them to understand what clinical research delivery is and guiding them on how to support it. Parizade continued:
“Although some were intrigued about the fact that the RFA vs Sham research study was run as a double blinded study and the patient would not be aware of which arm they were allocated to for part of the study procedure, others were positive that the participant pathway during his or her stay in the department would be made as smooth as possible.
“There was general agreement to conform to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and a willingness to explore further what studies, including double blinded studies, entail.”
The training day was organised by Sandra Wilson, the Practice Development Nurse in the Endoscopy Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital and took place on Wednesday 13 February. Parizade concluded:
“Sandra and the Endoscopy Unit continue to support all research activities, and it is an important milestone towards having research embedded in the clinical care of patients.”
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