Health research programme hits 1 million volunteer milestone

The interior of one of the clinicsThe interior of one of the clinics
The interior of one of the clinics
THE UK’s largest ever health research programme – which opened a Rotherham clinic last summer – is celebrating its millionth volunteer signing up.

Our Future Health announced the milestone just over a year after it started recruiting for the programme which is creating a detailed picture of health in the UK by collecting and linking genetic and other health data for millions of people.

The programme – a collaboration between the public sector, life sciences companies and leading UK health charities – aims to transform the prevention, detection and treatment of conditions including dementia, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

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A clinic opened at Boots at Parkgate Shopping last summer and clinics are also available at Boots at Sheffield's Heeley Retail Park and Cortonwood Retail Park in Barnsley.

Dr David Crichton, medical director at NHS South Yorkshire said: “Our Future Health has the potential to enable discoveries that help change our health system from one where we treat people who are sick to being much more focused on preventing people form getting sick in the first place.

“I would encourage people in South Yorkshire to join me and look at signing up as it is a positive thing you can do for your own health, and you will also be making a positive contribution to the future health of people across the world.” 

Anyone over 18 can volunteer by signing up online – visit

They will then be asked to complete an online health questionnaire and book a clinic appointment.