A unique Research Marketplace event attracted large numbers of staff, Trust members and researchers to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Staff had the opportunity to browse stalls and meet experts at the Grand Round event at the Education Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on February 22.
Michelle Stephens, Research and Development Manager at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Research Marketplace was a way of showing staff how they could get involved in research and service evaluation projects.
“We are very good at running other people’s studies and we want to do the same running our own local projects. We are trying to encourage our staff to come up with new innovative ideas and projects that meet the specific needs of our local population.
“The Research Marketplace shows staff there are lots of ways they can get involved in research – not necessarily to think about clinical trials. There are other research methods and study designs for our treatments and services that staff can get involved in.
“The event has got our clinical teams talking about how they can develop ideas into new local projects.”
Many organisations had stands at the Research Marketplace including Lancaster University’s Health Hub, the National Institute for Health Research North West CLAHRC NWC, the Trust’s Clinical Audit team, QSR International, the National Institute for Health Research’s Research Design Service, the Trust’s Library and Knowledge Service, Clinical Key, the University of Central Lancashire, ‘Up to Date’ and the Trust’s own Research and Development team including statistics, research and service evaluation.
There was also a short presentation by Michelle and participants enjoyed taking part in a ‘Knowledge Café’ where they discussed about the benefits of research to their services and how they can get involved.