Visitor Steven Brown managed to cycle the furthest in two minutes during the exercise challenge. He's pictured with Research Nurse Heather Sanigar.

International Clinical Trials Day a big success

More than 300 people found out about research when Salford R+D celebrated International Clinical Trials Day on 19 May.

Many studies have shown the benefits of getting active and research staff shared some of their work on fitness, while also encouraging staff and visitors to try out an exercise bike challenge and shoulder exercises with an Xbox video game console.

Those who needed a little pick-me-up after their hard work could sample chocolate in a special mock trial to show how clinical studies are conducted.

Laboratory staff demonstrated some of their work and there was also a display and quiz based on some of the more unusual gadgets being tested in the NHS. Research nurses also took the opportunity to tour many of Salford Royal’s wards, promoting research.

The events were all aimed at showing how research improves patient care and explaining how you can get involved.

More than 500 active studies take place each year within the NHS in Salford and last year more than 5,000 people took part, either as patients or healthy volunteers.

Director of Research and Development Operations Dr Steve Woby said: “Supporting high quality research is essential in order for us to continually improve the care that we provide. We are keen to showcase some of the world class research being conducted in Salford and it was great to share information about how clinical studies improve healthcare with so many patients, visitors and staff.”