Bolton team top recruiters in dementia study

Bolton ASCRIBED teamDuring November, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust was the top-recruiting site in the country to the ASCRIBED dementia clinical research study on the National Institute for Health Research portfolio.

The Bolton team recruited nine patients during the month, comfortably placing them at the top of the study’s monthly “A-League Recruitment Table” – ahead of the 17 other active sites in the country, most of which have been recruiting longer.

In total, Bolton managed to recruit 12 patients in the first seven weeks since recruitment opened at Royal Bolton Hospital mid-October, including one person on the day the study went live.

ASCRIBED is an observational study funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK. It is recruiting participants undergoing hip fracture operations under spinal anaesthesia to collect a cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) sample.  The samples are being used to investigate the impact of acute systematic brain inflammation on the development of dementia.

Alison Loftus, Research and Development Manager at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Research activity within the anaesthetics department at Bolton has gone from strength-to-strength over the past 12 months, with the whole team fully embracing research within their practice.

“They have worked closely with the research team to streamline processes and improve communications, to enable more of our patients the opportunity to take part in research. It is fabulous to see the team gain recognition for this wonderful achievement.”


Pictured L-R: Emma McKenna, Emily Hetherington and Rebecca Hill

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