Research & Development Open Day

14 August 2008

250 patients, members of the public and staff attended Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s first Research and Development Open Day.

250 patients, members of the public and staff attended Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s first Research and Development Open Day.

The event, which was designed to have a strong patient focus, included posters from four different research themes providing a lay person’s guide to innovations and developments arising from research at the hospital.

Displays and activities associated with the posters – for example, an ultrasound scan of the hand - brought research to life.

Researchers who had contributed to the material for the posters were on hand to answer questions and to guide patients, staff and visitors around the displays.

Chelsea and Westminster has led a successful bid for funding worth £20 million over the next five years to establish the North West London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).

This multi-million pound research project will lead to the rapid introduction of new, effective treatments for a wide range of medical conditions.

Following the Research and Development Open Day, a celebration event was held so that representatives of CLAHRC partner organisations could learn more about the programme and how, through training staff and evaluation of research projects, it will accelerate research into better patient care.

Professor Sir Christopher Edwards, the Trust Chairman, used his speech at the celebration event to stress the enormous potential this research has to improve the quality of healthcare for patients in north west London.

The Research and Development Open Day and the CLAHRC event emphasised the importance of involving patients and the public in research - the main theme of the North West London CLAHRC programme.

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