laptop-951954_1920A free online course about how healthcare is improved through research has seen over 7,000 people sign up.  It is aimed at everyone who wants to know more about modern healthcare and the role of research and discovery within it.

Importantly, the course development has included patient and public involvement, including from three of our Join Dementia Research champions. The course is delivered by the University of Leeds and the National Institute for Health Research: Clinical Research Network.

It looks at finding out how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated, to improve healthcare for all. Running for four weeks, the course includes videos, interactive activities and discussion sessions for sharing ideas and building networks.

In August, Join Dementia Research champions Sue Boex, Wendy Mitchell and Dianna Moylan, together with three lay representatives from other health areas were invited to take part in filming for part of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Sue says:

“It was a very interesting and exciting day and our part was all about ethics.  In the morning we had a really good group discussion which was filmed and then in the afternoon, we all had to do individual 5 minute interviews about our interest in research and how we as patients/the public would like to be treated.

She adds:

“I have joined up and can really recommend it. I have really enjoyed the first week and it makes people aware of just how much is involved in setting up a research proposal, why we need research and where we would be without it.  It’s good for anyone interested in doing research.”

You can find out more about the course by watching the video:

There is still time to sign up too! Please visit www.futurelearn.com/courses/clinical-research to join the course now.