We Are Here! Making the NHS and our SaTH Patients Better


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Helen Moore1
1Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust



It is often difficult to get the message about the value of Clinical Research out there to the people who matter

As part of our annual whole team away day on a budget of £130 for 35 staff, we ensured we came away with an on-going legacy of the day by developing four working groups.

  1. PR/Communications
  2. Education and Training
  3. Ways to Maintain and Increase Recruitment
  4. Systems and Processes

The productivity of the PR group was immense and has contributed significantly to our aim, as a department, of getting heard


Eight staff joined the PR/Communications working group and met every 2-4 weeks since January 2016.

The group was chaired and a plan of action made each meeting



The outcomes so far include:-

  • Organising International Clinical Trials Day
    • Local newspaper and radio articles
    • Eight stands across the two Trust sites
    • Patient stories
    • Quote of the day
    • Visiting each and every ward to speak persoanlly with staff to let them kow who we are and what we do
  • Research and Innovation noticeboards at each site outlining who we are, what we do, success stories, patient stories,'Research Hero of the month'
  • The launch of our #whywedoresearch
  • The launch of our Research and Innovation newsletter sent to all stakeholders and GPs
  • Updated information on the intranet and internet
  • Patient and Public Engagement and Involvement member enlisted in an advisory role for the group
  • The value of Clinical Research incorporated into the Nursing and Midwifery strategy
  • Student nurse lectures



We feel we have a a voice at last. SaTH staff really seem to know who we are and what we do. In turn, this will have a direct impact on patient recruitment into clinical trials and help to achieve the NIHR aim of making the NHS, and of course our SaTH patients better!