I pledged to organise a Randomised Coffee Trial (RCT) across the Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Research Network to link together research staff whom are based in a range of NHS Trusts in the locality and often work in small silos.
The original idea has split into three parts;
1. RCT advertised via word of mouth and communications bulletins has linked 30 research practitioners across 8 organisations with very positive feed back so far.
2. a RCT was part of a Greater Manchester research conference arranged on 14th November, all 70 delegates took part. Despite initial hesitation I received positive feedback. At the beginning of my presentation only half of the audience had heard of RCT’s and only 3 had heard of the FAB academy.
3. As part of Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust I am currently recruiting to a RCT across the Trust hospital sites; 28 signed up on the first day of FAB change week!
The on going plan is to collate feed back from all RCTs to present to senior management to support a proposal for a regular bi monthly RCT offered to NHS research staff across Greater Manchester and for a national RCT across all National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Networks as part of International Clinical Trials day in May 2018.