Five new Our Future Health clinics open across the UK
Our Future Health aims to transform the prevention, detection and treatment of conditions such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. With up to five million volunteers right across the UK, the goal is to create one of the most detailed pictures ever of people’s health.
Working in collaboration with NHS DigiTrials, the programme is sending invitation letters to people over 18 who live in these areas. Anyone over the age of 18 can join by signing up online, completing a questionnaire, providing a blood sample and allowing Our Future Health to securely link to their health records.
At their appointment, as well as having a blood sample and some physical measurements taken, volunteers will be offered information about their own health, including their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In the future, people who join the programme will be given the option to receive feedback about their risk of diseases and also the opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research studies.
Rachael Cunningham, 33, a fitness trainer from Birmingham, said:
“When I got a letter inviting me to join Our Future Health, I thought ‘why wouldn’t I take part in this?’ It’s about people living healthier lives for longer, and helping our children’s generation to do the same.”
“I found it really straight forward to complete the questionnaire and book my appointment locally. I’ve spoken about Our Future Health on my social media channels and in my family Whatsapp to encourage others to take part.”
Dr Raghib Ali OBE, Chief Medical Officer at Our Future Health, said:
“Opening these five new mobile clinics is a great way to start 2023, which is set to be a big year for Our Future Health. With extra appointments available in supermarket carparks we’re making it as easy as possible for people to take part, learn more about their own health and help people live healthier lives for longer.”
Photos and videos of the mobile hubs can be downloaded here.
Our Future Health is rolling out on a region-by-region basis to invite adults across the UK to join the programme. Volunteers who don’t live near a location where Our Future Health appointments are currently available can register now to be notified when new appointment locations become available.
New locations will be announced on the Our Future Health website and social media channels.
Our Future Health is an ambitious collaboration between the public sector, life sciences companies and leading UK health charities including: Action Against Age-related Macular Degeneration, Alzheimer’s Society, Asthma + Lung UK, Blood Cancer UK, Breast Cancer Now, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Kidney Research UK, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Parkinson’s UK, Prostate Cancer UK, Royal Osteoporosis Society and Stroke Association.
Interviews available with spokespeople on request.
Images and videos, credit to Our Future Health, downloadable from here.
YouTube link for mobile hub video: https://youtu.be/uX1Nr5A6e54
Appointments in Bolton will take place at: Asda Bolton Superstore, Moss Bank Way, Astley Bridge, Bolton BL1 8QG
Appointments in Greenwich will take place at: Asda Charlton Superstore,
Bugsby Way, London SE7 7ST
Appointments in Solihull will take place at: Tesco Extra, 1505 Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull B90 4EN
Appointments in Southwark will take place at: LIDL, 760 Old Kent Rd,
London SE15 1NJ
Appointments in Wakefield will take place at: Asda Wakefield Superstore, Asdale Rd, Wakefield WF2 7EQ
Notes to editors:
About Our Future Health
Our Future Health is a collaboration between the public, private and charity sectors. It aims to be the UK’s largest health research programme, bringing people together to develop new ways to prevent, detect and treat disease.
Our Future Health is committed to the highest standards, policies and processes that protect participants’ confidentiality, whilst maximising the opportunity to help researchers to tackle serious diseases. Participants’ data will be de-identified and held securely in trusted research environments that meet strict security criteria. There will be a robust and transparent access process to ensure appropriate research access to Our Future Health data and samples for registered researchers. All researchers will be held to the same standards.
Our Future Health is a member of the UK Health Data Research Alliance, the independent alliance of leading healthcare and research organisations establishing best practice for the ethical use of UK health data for research at scale.
Our Future Health is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 12212468) and a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (charity number 1189681) and OSCR, Scottish Charity Regulator (charity number SC050917).
About NHS DigiTrials
NHS DigiTrials, hosted by NHS Digital, offers data services to support clinical trials. We help reduce the time, effort and cost of developing new drugs, treatments and services, bringing benefits to patients, the public and the NHS.
Opt-out from receiving an invitation – People who have previously opted out of sharing health data for planning and research purposes, by submitting a National Data Opt-out, will not receive an invitation letter to join the programme via NHS Digital (who host the NHS DigiTrials service). People who do not want to receive an invitation letter from NHS Digital can opt out by completing the form on the NHS DigiTrials webpage.