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Get involved in research in the North East and North Cumbria

We are proud to say that clinical research takes place in all hospital trusts across the region and patient and public involvement is key to all the research that takes place. New and better treatments and services become available because people take part in our research.  

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the country’s best performing trust for volume of clinical research for the seventh year running. It topped the national league tables for the number of health research studies with a total of 550 studies supported by trust, exceeding last year’s record of 528. The league table can be accessed here.

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.
  • Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway. It is a nationwide service that helps anyone in the UK find and take part in research studies. They offer 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:    

"It's a good way to help out the researchers...what you have to say to them means a lot"

"This research project is really useful. It won't help Sam now, but it will help families in the future."


You can be involved in different ways

Getting involved in research doesn’t always mean that you need to take part in a clinical trial. Clinical Research can also be carried out by, or with help from patients, carers and the public. Examples of this include:

  • providing advice and guidance to a clinical research study as a member of a project steering group
  • assisting healthcare professionals to develop research materials which might include patient and participant information sheets
  • identifying new topics for research and ensuring that topics are relevant to patients, carers and members of the public
  • making sure that researchers ask the right questions and in a way that the public understand


National Initiatives

Become a Patient Research Ambassador

A Patient Research Ambassador is a volunteer who wants to promote research in healthcare to other patients, members of the public and to healthcare professionals. There’s no minimum ask or ongoing commitment and you can do as much or as little as you like, depending on how much time you have available.

Take a look at some of the things you may get involved in as a Patient Research Ambassador

To find out more about Patient Research Ambassadors contact Helen Atkinson, Involvement and Engagement Manager using the contact details below. 

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.

You can register for the service online, by phone or by post.

To find out more about Join Dementia Research, visit their website:

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about the opportunities to get involved please email our Involvement and Engagement Manager Helen Atkinson or call Helen on 0191 282 3908.