"I feel that research has changed my life because I am alive and well and I am so grateful for this".
Frances, Kent.

The treatments that we take for granted today have come about through the research that was done in the past. We want to continue to make sure that patients in the future receive the latest treatments and the best possible care.

Patients and healthy members of the public are our greatest strength – health research simply couldn’t happen without the volunteers who give their time and commitment.

36,413 people took part in research studies in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (in 2017/18). Research is being carried out in all of our NHS Trusts across the region and at an increasing number of GP surgeries too. This means patients are taking part in research somewhere near you!

In a patient experience survey, 83% of patients who had taken part in research in Kent, Surrey and Sussex said they considered research to be a normal part of NHS health care, but nationally only about 1 in 5 people said they felt confident to ask their healthcare professional about opportunities to take part in research.

The “public” is made up of individuals and groups who may or may not share common interests and goals. So, although we talk about “the public” or “people who use services”, this is really just our shorthand for a very broad range of people.

If you're a member of the public or a patient who'd like to take part in research then you can talk to your doctor or nurse to find out if there's a suitable study that you can take part in

We are always looking for new people to work with us to shape research delivery in the south east. Find out more on our patient, public and carer webpage.

For more information about getting involved in research in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, contact the PPIE team, Dr Mark Hayward, Julia Simister, Margaret Hall at crnkentsurreysussex@nihr.ac.uk.

And remember, you can increase or decrease your involvement at any time simply by letting us know.

Join Dementia Research

Join Dementia Research is a service which allows people to register their interest in national dementia research. It helps people with dementia, their carers, or anyone interested in dementia research to be matched to studies. Signing up could make a real difference to you and others.

To find out more about Join Dementia Research, visit their website: https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/

Social Media - Twitter @bestdementia

UK Clinical Trials Gateway

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway is there to help you make informed choices about clinical trials. They offer useful guidance on how trials work and help connect you to researchers running trials you might be interested in.

To find out more about the UK Clinical Trials Gateway, visit their website: https://www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk  

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Find out more how patients and the public can become involved in research