Inspiring Future Researchers: MPFT and Keele University Engage Local Schools in Clinical Research Education page thumbnail

The MPFT Research & Innovation Department recently collaborated with the Keele University Clinical Trials Unit to deliver engaging sessions for Year 9 and 10 pupils at St. Joseph's College and Thistley Hough Academy. 

These hour-long sessions introduced students to the fundamentals of health and social care research, explored the ethical considerations of conducting research, and provided a hands-on experience through a mock clinical trial.

During the sessions, students learned about the critical role clinical trials play in advancing medical and social care research, and the rigorous ethical standards that ensure the safety and integrity of research. The mock trial exercise allowed students to experience the placebo effect by comparing the effects of regular and sugar-free cola, providing practical insight into the complexities and responsibilities of researchers.

Additionally, there was ample opportunity for students to ask questions to the experts, gaining valuable insights and clarifications. Colleagues from both organisations also discussed various career options available in the field of health research, offering students a broader understanding of potential future career paths.

This initiative received wonderful feedback from students and teachers alike. The success of these sessions inspires us to continue educational outreach aiming to spark interest in health research and social care research. We look forward to more collaborations in the future!