Leicester’s hospitals welcomed 20 people who have recently migrated to the UK to visit this week for an informative and practical clinical research open day.
The event was put together jointly by members of the Pareek Research Group at the newly created Centre for Population Health, University of Leicester, members of the migrant exclusive ‘EMBRACE’ Public Involvement group and members of the Research Space and NIHR Leicester CRF teams. The day was made possible with funding support from the NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands.
The visitors, who included students of Leicester College and members of the EMBRACE group, were from a number of ethnicities, nationalities and migration statuses, and included asylum seekers and refugees.
Adam Lewszuk, Senior Research Nurse Manager at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: “Previous conversations with migrant communities in Leicester told us that a lack of understanding was a real barrier to them becoming involved and engaged with healthcare and health research. So, at today’s Experience a Day in Research event we’ve welcomed this group into the Research Space at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Together we’ve had fun experiencing how we take some standard health measures, and doing some lab tests; demonstrating how health research works and why we do, it in an accessible way.”
Mayuri Gogoi, one of the researchers in the Group said about the event: “As a population health research group, our efforts have always been to make research accessible and relevant to the community. With this event we hope we have initiated a new way of engaging community members in research and look forward to doing such events more frequently in the future.”
One of the participants fed back: “Before today, I never imagined to do a trial one day. Now I understand that it’s a “work team” and it’s helpful for all population. If it can improve people#s health, I will be happy to participate to a survey for beginning and why not for a clinical trial one day…”
Huge thanks to those who made it possible.