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Taking part in research

Research at MEHT

Our philosophy of care is that we believe all patients have the right to take part in clinical research if they wish to do so and that research should be embedded into NHS patient care.

We always put our patients at the heart of research, and believe that research should not just benefit the patient, but should also be an enjoyable experience. At Mid Essex Hospital Services we go the extra mile to ensure our patients receive the highest levels of care and we value their input to research.

Why do it?

Patients and the public are vital to successful research in the NHS. Without volunteers like you participating in research, we would not be able to develop new drugs to treat illnesses, new equipment to scan patients and assist with surgery, or even create simple questionnaires which measure pain levels.

How can I help?

There are many different types of research within the NHS. Each research study is tailored for a specific illness or disease and varies in its level of involvement. Some studies may require you to take medication every day and come into the hospital for a few extra visits. Some studies you may only have to complete a questionnaire and/or a blood sample on the day you are in hospital. Some studies are even open to friends and family members who do not have the same illness. Your contribution to research will provide valuable answers to patients just like you all over the world.

If you want to have a look at the current research we are running at Mid Essex

Please click here to view our current research studies

You can also help with research by becoming a “voice of research”. All over the UK we need patients and the public to provide their opinions on research, and help with the design of new research studies.

What will happen to me?

Taking part in all research is voluntary. If you do decide to volunteer, the most important thing we consider is your freedom and safety. You will never be asked to do anything that you are not comfortable with, and you are free to say NO and to change your mind at any point.

All information that we collect from you will be anonymised and stored safely. We will not give out your contact details to third parties. At no point will taking part in research affect the level of your clinical care or change the way your doctor/nurse treats you.

Equally if at any point in the study you become ill, eg common cold, sickness, migraine etc your doctor will run a full health check, and if they think that it is not safe for you to carry on in the study, they will tell you. Our priority in research is always you.

Please follow these links if you would like to read about two Broomfield patients who took part in clinical trials.



What will happen to my data?

All team at Broomfield Hospital have your best interests at heart and would never do anything to deliberately compromise your confidential information. Each individual research study comes with an information sheet which explains exactly what data will be collected from you and how it will be stored and used, this can vary from study to study. 

If you would like to find out more general information about how our team at Broomfield handles your data in line with current General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) please click on the link below:


How do I get involved?

There are several ways to get involved in research.

1.    You can ask your medical health professional. The next time you go to your local hospital or GP you can                   ask the doctors and nurses if they have any research suitable for you to join.

2.    You can click on the button below (button to “Current Research Studies) to see if there are any studies at                   Mid Essex that you are interested in and then contact the R&D team. 

  • If you are interested in speaking to a member of the R&D team to find out more please contact us by:
  • Email: research@meht.nhs.uk
  • Telephone: 01245 515136
  • Write to: Research and Development, C254 West Wing, Broomfield Hospital, Court Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET
            3.     You can volunteer to become a “voice of research” by following this  link 

                     www.peopleinresearch.org/view-opportunities/ and searching for opportunities in your local area.