IT'S GOOD TO SHARE
Volunteers are being sought from across Scotland for the Scottish Health Register (SHARE) - a register of people interested in taking part in medical research.
Signing up to the register will allow SHARE to contact you about studies you could help out with. It already has over 80,000 members, but the aim is to get as many as possible from the whole of Scotland to maximise the number of studies which can be supported.
SHARE is a collaboration between the NHS and the people of Scotland, supported by NHS Research Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government's Chief Scientist Office.
Health Improvement Minister, Jamie Hepburn has been supporting launches of SHARE in regions across the country, most recently in the west of Scotland in August - and is a proud member of the register himself.
"Medical research is vital to help us constantly improve the treatments and services our NHS is able to provide - and clinical trials give patients across Scotland access to new and innovative treatments.
"SHARE makes it easier for people to get involved with this research, and helps researchers to recruit the right people for their studies.
"It's an excellent example of the NHS and the public working together. I'd encourage more Scots to consider joining the register and help us save lives and improve the future health of Scotland." - Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health.
Signing up to SHARE takes just a few minutes and can be done online. This will register your interest in taking part in health research and will allow SHARE to use coded data in your NHS records to check whether you might be suitable for upcoming studies. There's also an option to provide permission for blood left over from routine tests done by GPs or at hospital to be collected and used for research. You need to be 16 or over to take part.
"Medical research can be anything from just filling in a questionnaire about your diet and exercise regime, to a clinical investigation for an illness you may have.
"SHARE will let you know about studies that might be relevant to you, but you can always say no. It's also easy to opt out of SHARE at any point. Many medical research studies need healthy people as well as people with particular conditions, so even if you are healthy you can still make a huge contribution by joining." - Mike Stevens, Head of Chief Scientist Office.