Time to get red-y to celebrate #Red4Research Day
15th June 2023
Members of the public, study participants, and researchers are being asked to come together on Friday 16 June in a powerful demonstration of support for all of those involved in vital health and social care research.
#Red4Research Day 2023 aims to get as many people as possible wearing red to demonstrate their support and appreciation for all those who continue to participate in, deliver, and support important studies that can make vital breakthroughs.
The annual day of celebration began in 2020 with the simple ethos that it would not be “country, group or organisation-specific but powered by collective efforts,” amply demonstrated by the fight against COVID-19.
#Red4Research believes that research is not undertaken by individuals working in isolation but is made possible by people around the world working together.
Following an incredible pandemic push, research teams continue to collectively work hard behind the scenes to identify the best means to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions – an essential part of an effective, modern NHS.
However, successful research can only happen thanks to the important contribution made by members of the public working in partnership with researchers, healthcare professionals, and regulatory bodies.
From October 2021 to September 2022, over 1600 studies took place at over 2800 sites across Scotland.
Last month, on International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD), it was further revealed that over 40,000 participants took part in vital clinical research trials during this time but more volunteers are sought.
Jean Bruce, Clinical Research Nurse Manager, NHS Lothian, said: “We need only look back on the last few years to see how important collective action in research has been for developing new treatments and vaccines, and that of course extends to every area of healthcare.
“#Red4Research Day is an opportunity to recognise the massive efforts of everyone involved, while also reinforcing the message that research doesn’t just happen, people make it happen, and if everybody plays their part, then it offers a vital beacon of hope for the future.
“This year is also the 75th anniversary of the NHS – itself a chance to reflect on the importance of clinical research over the decades as well as in the present and future.
“On #Red4Research Day, you can simply wear any item of clothing that’s red or perhaps make a placard with Red4Research Day on it, take a photo, and post it on social media with the #Red4Research hashtag.”
“It’s all about positivity and creativity. Supporting Red4Research is completely inclusive – anyone, any age, anywhere can participate – and hopefully people might have a bit of fun along the way while raising awareness of the work of all those involved.”
#Red4Research founder Sally Humphreys said: “#Red4Research is proud to celebrate 75 years of the NHS and how research is an integral part of practice.”
NHS Research Scotland supports the placement, setup, and delivery of clinical research studies. As a partnership of Scottish NHS Boards and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of Scottish Government, we ensure NHS Scotland provides the best environment to support research and contributes towards a thriving life sciences sector.