Participants needed!

At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we are looking for people to take part in our memory and information processing battery test, which lasts for around 60 minutes. You would be paid £10 for your time. Sound interesting?

If you are over 18 and have not experienced any form of brain injury or stroke we would love to hear from you. The tests are currently taking place in West Sussex at Burgess Hill.

What is the project about?

We have updated and extended a set of materials used to assess memory: the BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery (BMIPB). We would like to test the new materials and gather data to use in clinical settings.

What is the BMIPB?

The BMIPB is a collection of tests used by our Clinical Psychologists to measure the effects of damage to the brain on memory and similar abilities. It can help treating clinicians plan individual rehabilitation programmes and follow a person’s recovery. It is also useful in conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease to see how rapidly the condition is progressing and provide help and support accordingly.

Find out more:

If you are interested in taking part, please email us at: or call 01444 237 294.

Please fill in the form below to sign up. If your location isn’t listed, please provide us with your town and county. We are planning to take this research nationwide so will contact you when we will be in your area.

Your participation in this project will provide valuable information for the newly updated BMIPB. The BMIPB is used by BIRT as well as many other clinical services. The BMIPB can be used when assessing the effects of brain injury on a person’s memory and the way they process information. This makes it useful in planning their rehabilitation and measuring their recovery.

Who is eligible to take part in the project?

Most people aged over 18 can take part, provided that they fit the listed criteria.

What happens next?

If you decide to take part you will be:

  • given an information sheet about the project
  • paid £10 for your time at the end of the first session
  • free to withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason

If you choose to withdraw from the process we will keep any anonymised data that you may have provided, unless you tell us otherwise. Any personal data will be destroyed.

* Your information will only be used by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and the divisions within the Trust. None of your information will be given or sold to any third parties. (You will have the option to opt out at any time.)

What does the BMIPB test involve?

You will be asked to complete a number of tests that have been designed to assess memory and information processing. The initial test should take around 45 - 60 minutes to complete. You will then be contacted again by phone five to nine days later to follow up on some of the tests. This should take no longer than 15 minutes.

We might ask you for permission to make an audio recording of your testing session, to make sure our researchers are working consistently. If you do not wish for an audio recording to be made, please inform the researcher.

You may also be contacted at a later date by one of our researchers, who will invite you to return to our centre and complete a similar assessment. This will also include being contacted again by phone five to nine days later. Again, it is your decision to take part and you will be free to withdraw at any time. If you agree to take part in this second stage, you will be paid £20 for your time at the end of the session. Not everybody will be invited to complete the second assessment.

If you do not wish to be contacted for retesting, please inform the researcher.

Are there any risks involved?

There are no risks or disadvantages of taking part in this project. However, if any results from our assessment battery indicate something that could be relevant to your healthcare you have the choice to be informed.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Your participation will provide us with information about the memory and information processing abilities of healthy individuals. The information we gather will help us better understand the effects that a brain injury or brain disease has on a person. This can then be used to plan and measure the effects of their rehabilitation. The information may also be useful in areas such as education or work.

service user and support worker in the sensory room at Graham Anderson House

Is the test confidential?

All information collected during the research is strictly confidential. You cannot be identified from the information gathered.

Your personal data will be kept secure (password protected) and only seen by the research team who carry out your assessment.

Your name and any other information that could identify you will be removed. This is called anonymised data.

The anonymised data will be shared and analysed by the research team. The data will be held by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust on encrypted computers.

What will happen to the information gained from this project?

We need to know how healthy people perform on our tests so that we can see the effects of brain injury. The information gained from this project will be published in tables as part of the new BMIPB. Some results may also be published in a specialist journal within two years of the research ending. You will not be identified in any report.

If you have any complaints about the project please contact Dr Sara da Silva Ramos, Research Fellow. Email: Phone: 01403 799 160.

Who is organising and funding the research?

The research is being funded by The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) which is part of The Disabilities Trust. BIRT is the means by which The Disabilities Trust provides its brain injury rehabilitation services. The project plan has been reviewed and approved by The Disabilities Trust Research Ethics Committee.

Contacts & complaints (for further information):

If you have any complaints or for further information about the project please contact Dr Sara da Silva Ramos, Research Fellow. Email: Phone: 01403 799 160.

Thank you for your help.

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