Two sides of health research

Health research has two sides and one of them is you

Share your experience and ideas or take part in a study and help give patients a voice in research. Your contribution could help to improve the lives of millions of people using health and social care services.

The NIHR offers all kinds of ways to join in and you can give as much or as little time as you’d like. This campaign was developed with the guidance of a mixed focus group of public contributors and NIHR staff, find out more from our news item.

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Suggest a research question

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You can help improve the nation’s health by guiding research effort towards what matters.

As a patient, carer or concerned member of the public, you will want research to answer questions that can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of your family, friends and colleagues.

Tell me more about suggesting a research question >>

What does it involve?

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A one-time commitment of a few minutes.

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Simply fill in our online form

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Not eligible for payment

Influence decision-making

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Your experience as a patient or carer is an invaluable view on research. Become a reviewer and use your experience as a patient to influence the way research is selected and funded.

Tell me more about reviewing a research application >>

What does it involve?

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An email invitation to review, along with guidance criteria.

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A one-time commitment of a few hours.

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Eligible for payment

Join a study team

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Research teams need patients and members of the public to help make sure they are asking the right questions and in a way that the public understand. By joining a study team you can help to keep the research relevant and user-friendly.    

Tell me more  about current opportunities >> 

What does it involve?

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All kinds of things! You could work on patient information, project design, ethics applications and more.

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Usually a long term commitment to regular meetings.

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Eligible for payment

Interested in being a study participant?

Studies need participants! By taking part you can help improve care for everyone, and potentially access new treatments. A study might take place in a hospital, at your GP practice, in the community or in your home and there are always lots to choose from. Search for opportunities to join studies on the UK Clinical Trials Gateway or ask your GP.

Other ways to join in

And that is just the start! There are so many ways you can contribute to research which makes healthcare better. Visit our How to join in page to find out more.

Keep in touch

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Studies need participants! By taking part you can help improve care for everyone, and potentially access new treatments. A study might take place in a hospital, at your GP practice, in the community or in your home and there are always lots to choose from. Search for opportunities to join studies on the UK Clinical Trials Gateway or ask your GP.