Resources and links

Useful links

Useful documents

pdfPRA Flyer (0.27 MB)


See our useful documents to read more about becoming a Patient Research Ambassador with CRN North Thames

Helena's Story

Watch Helena's moving story below

Patients and the public

Involving patients, members of the public and carers in clinical research is crucial. It ensures the right questions are being asked in trials and helps to spread the word about the importance of clinical research.


How to get involved

  • Become a Patient Research Ambassador (PRA) - help spread the word about research within your community by being a PRA for our network.
  • Take part in a research study, either as a healthy volunteer or as a patient - visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway to see if there's a study that may be suitable for you in your area. If you are a patient, you can also ask your doctor or nurse for more information.
  • Support dementia research – you can take part in dementia research whether you have dementia or not. Visit Join Dementia Research to register your interest and find a suitable study local to you.


  • Share your experience of being part of a research trial - help us improve how we deliver future clinical trials by sharing your thoughts. Read more about our current Patient Research Experience Survey.

What’s in it for you?

There are many benefits to getting involved and supporting clinical research. These include:

  • An opportunity to influence the way in which patients and the public participate in research
  • Use existing knowledge and experience for the benefit of others
  • The chance to develop new skills
  • The chance to learn more about research 
  • An opportunity to meet other likeminded people with an interest in research and to make new friends.


If you would like to find out more about opportunities in the North Thames network please email our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager, Christine Menzies, at  

Our Stories

We are passionate about bringing research to life by sharing the stories of people who have taken part in research in the North Thames network. Below you can find stories from research participants who have shared their experiences.

Fred's Story

Fred has a rare autoimmune disease. Read about how taking part in research has given Fred hope.


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Mohsan's Story

Following a serious infection Mohsan Akhtar was left with life changing injuries. Find out how research helped Mohsan find a new lease of life.

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Helena's Story