NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff join Red 4 Research Day

Staff across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been wearing red today (June 17) to support the amazing work of our teams who are making COVID-19 research happen.

#Red4Research celebrates the phenomenal work of the R&I teams within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and beyond. NHSGGC has been at the heart of research into COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, with the team playing a crucial role in initiating, delivering and overseeing the conduct of urgent public health trials including COVID-19 vaccines, Recovery and REMAP CAP studies, which have led to improved outcomes and reduced improving mortality rates.

While COVID-19 has been the focus of recent times, NHSGGC portfolio of studies also spans the breadth of clinical specialties, with more than 1,000 studies currently underway. The multidisciplinary research teams, working tirelessly, include office-based , biorepository, safehaven and front-line staff such as committed medics, pharmacists, radiographers, research nurses, midwives, health care support workers, project managers, project assistants and education and quality assurance professionals, who each bring their unique skills and experience to every trial.

Professor Julie Brittenden, NHSGGC Director of Research and Innovation, said: “I’m thrilled to see so many of our staff, who are able to, wearing red to celebrate the work of our talented and committed multidisciplinary research teams. Throughout the pandemic, in what has been a hugely challenging time, they have embraced change, adapted and have strived to improve knowledge, prevention and treatments available for patients with COVID-19.

“While we take this opportunity to thank everyone who works within our research teams, I would also like to highlight the important role of patients and volunteers who took part in these trials. Without them working with our amazing research teams, successful trials would not be possible. ”

Red 4 Research started in 2020 and aims to get as many people as possible wearing red to demonstrate their support and appreciation for all those participating, undertaking and supporting COVID-19 and other research. Just like research, Red 4 Research is made possible by people working together and has been supported by people across the world in countries such as Africa, America, Australia, Chile, China, India, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, as well as the UK.

Lynn Prentice, Clinical Research Manager at the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility, said: “Red 4 Research Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the phenomenal work which has been undertaken over the past two years, thanking all the individuals who have made this possible.

“Patient-centred care remains at the heart of our work and each day we look at ways to offer the most advanced and latest treatments and medicines to those who need them most, having a dedicated research team and purpose-built facilities allows us to take forward studies across a range of conditions.

“We are really grateful for the contribution our patients make to improving health care, science and services by taking part in these important trials.”