C4C research register now totals 20,000 people

More than 20,000 South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) service users have now joined the Consent for Contact (C4C) register participation register, part of the Trust’s pioneering research participation scheme.

The participation of patients is key to successful mental health research at the BRC and we aim to involve service users and the public in our research at all stages.

Recruitment to research can be a challenge but with the growth of the C4C register we can connect patients who are happy to volunteer their time with the researchers in need of their expertise.

Our C4C programme means that service users in SLaM are routinely asked by clinical staff whether they are interested in being involved in research. This has created a register of service users who are willing to be contacted by researchers about current or future projects that they may be interested in both at SLaM and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.

Since launching in 2012, nearly 30,000 people have now been asked about C4C. In early 2020, the number of service users consenting to be contacted for research reached 20,000 for the first time.

Martin Smith, Consent for Contact (C4C) Clinical Nurse Coordinator, said, ‘Thank you to all staff for their involvement in increasing the number of people on the C4C register. It is only through all your hard work and effort that we have now reached this milestone.

With more people than ever on our register we can support projects across the Trust and IoPPN as they continue to research new tests, treatments and theories in mental health.’

If you would like to find out more about C4C and how to offer this to service users in your team, please contact the C4C team at c4c@slam.nhs.uk, or visit our C4C page

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 25 Feb 2020, 12:02 PM

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