COVID-19 is affecting us all. On the front line and behind the scenes are incredible research teams collectively working to develop new diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19. #Red4Research Day on Friday 18th June 2021 aims to get as many people as possible wearing red to demonstrate their support and appreciation for all those participating, undertaking and supporting COVID-19 research. Covid-19 has forced us to do things differently, to be more innovative and more responsive. The R&D community in collaboration with the health and care sectors and voluntary organisations has achieved a phenomenal amount during this period.
The #Red4Research concept is very simple. Anyone can wear any item of clothing as long as it is red then print or make a placard saying #Red4Research, take a photo and post it on social media with the #Red4Research hashtag. It’s all about positivity, creativity and support in the face of adversity. #Red4Research is completely inclusive – anyone, any age, anywhere can participate – children, adults, even pets! Hopefully people might have a bit of fun along the way raising the profile and work of all those involved in the process.
View an animation outlining #Red4Research and in due course there will be resources that people can download for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram together with a page showing the logos of organisations supporting/collaborating on the event on the NHS R&D Forum website.
#Red4Research Day was setup. by Sally Humphreys, NHS Forum Group Chair in 2020. It is not country, group or organisation specific but powered by the collective efforts. Last year people supported the campaign in America, Australia, Chile, Italy, Spain, Malaysia and India as well as the UK. The NIHR, HRA, Health and Social Care Wales, NHS Research Scotland, Foundation of Nursing Studies as well as some NHS Trusts are already supporting this years campaign but it would be fantastic if more people and organisations joined in this year.
A note from Saly: I am a PhD student, NHS research nurse and chair the NHS R&D Forum Research Management Working Group but the campaign is not about me. Research isn’t undertaken by individuals working in isolation, it is collegial, made possible by people around the world working together. Research doesn’t just happen, people make it happen – research participants, patients, professionals, volunteers and regulatory bodies all collectively working together. Covid-19 has impacted on all of us. Research offers a beacon of hope, it underpins the largest vaccine campaign in history and everybody has played their part.