Patient and Public Engagement

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We are dedicating more time to go out and engage with patients and the public to promote and raise research awareness. We want to meet you, work with you, hear your stories, and be able to share our research information with you. Members of our community who use local NHS care services have the best opportunities and choices about taking part in health research studies.  

You can find us at local science festivals, community events drop-in centres around the region.  

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Where you can regularly find us

Every month we visit the Traveller Health drop-in service with Cambridge County Council Traveller Health team. We are dedicated to spending time with members of the community and working alongside the Traveller Heath team, taking time to learn about their community, building trust and rapport with people using this service. By doing this we aim to break down barriers to research. In this research awareness project, we are working in collaboration with Yin, a research nurse, Clinical Research Network East of England.

We have connected with other organisations who are like minded and collaborate with CCVS to work on events to highlight health inequalities in rural areas.

See our events page for more information.

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International Clinical Trials Day

ICT day is celebrated around the world in May and recognises the day that James Lind, a Scottish doctor, began what is often considered to be the first randomized clinical trial (in this case, to study different treatments for scurvy in sailors) on May 20th, 1774. His trial consisted of just 12 men, grouped into pairs and given a variety of dietary supplements from cider to oranges and lemons. The trial only lasted six days but, within that time, there was a noticeable improvement in the group eating the fruit, providing Lind with the evidence required of the link between citrus fruits and scurvy prevention.

Join us in May 2023 for International Clinical Trials Day and #BePartOfResearch

National Day of Play

To celebrate the National Day of Play, we attend Wisbech Adventure Playground on the first Wednesday of August each year to take part in events to celebrate children’s play.

This is a free event for all families and is guaranteed to be lots of fun.

Please click here for more details.

Connect with us

Follow us on social media to find out more about opportunities to get involved in research. We share people’s experiences of taking part in studies and helping shape research.