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Where would we be without research?

9 March 2022

The Wales School for Social Prescribing Research is supporting the new ‘where would we be without research’ campaign led by Health and Care Research Wales, which, through PRIME Centre Wales, funds our research and delivery team.

The campaign which launched on the 23rd of February will shine a light on the ground-breaking research which has already changed lives of hundreds of people in Wales as well as highlight the variety of ways in which people from all communities can help in the future.

Covid-19 research

Over the past 22 months over 47,000 Welsh people have participated in urgent public health studies into COVID-19. Volunteers have helped inform the booster programme; supported the development of four new vaccines; and informed the vaccine roll out programme for 12-15- year-olds to name a few.

But that’s just a snapshot of the life-saving research being conducted in Wales.

Professor Kieran Walshe, Director of Health and Care Research Wales

He said: “People who had never thought much about research before were involved in the development of vaccines, clinical trials and treatments and the results from the research made headline news giving real hope in the fight against the virus.

“But researchers in Wales have been at the heart of vital research for years into conditions such as diabetes, cancer, dementia and developing new technologies such as virtual reality headsets for post-traumatic stress disorder and robot arms to support epilepsy surgeries.

“The ‘where would we be without research’ campaign reminds us what our world would be like if those researchers, scientists, academics and research delivery staff weren’t there. We wouldn’t have medicines like paracetamol and penicillin, or any of the diagnostic tests and treatments which save and improve lives in Wales and across the world.”

Dr Nicola Williams, Director of Support and Delivery at Health and Care Research Wales

She said: “People rely on research happening in the background to ensure their dad, sister or niece get the best treatment and diagnosis, but it all relies on individuals happy to help researchers. This can be done through clinical trials, commenting on study set-up or being part of a focus group – without those volunteers many people wouldn’t be here today.”

Professor Carolyn Wallace, Director of the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research

She said: “At WSSPR we rely on our network members to participate in all parts of the research cycle to make sure that we are developing the research which makes a difference to people who are referred for a social prescription. If you’d like more information on how to join our network please contact

Motivations to help with research

There are many different motivations to help with research and the campaign aims to ensure as many people as possible can get involved. As John, a WSSPR PPI member said:

"It is crucial to have a public perspective in helping to design questions and style of research to ensure it is understood and ensure as diverse a population group as possible are involved.”

For more information about the campaign and opportunities to help with research visit or follow the conversation on social media @ResearchWales


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