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Patients, carers and the public 

Who are we?

We are the Clinical Research Network Wessex. We make sure health and social care research is done well, and that people can join in.

What is health and social care research?

Research is how we find out how well things work. Research helps to make health and social care better. We help to fund and deliver health and social care research throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight and south Wiltshire. 

Who does research?

Research is carried out by trained health and social care professionals such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. 

How can I find out about research opportunities? 

  • Take a look at our I Am Research campaign, helping to raise awareness of research opportunities and the benefits of research 
  • Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway to find research taking place within your local area
  • Visit Join dementia research, a national service that enables you to register your interest in, and be matched to, suitable dementia research studies
  • Ask your doctor or nurse if there's a research study you could take part in during your next appointment

What is public involvement and engagement in research?

Public involvement and engagement in research is when people who are not professionals support and advise on the design and delivery of research. Involving the public in research leads to research that meets their needs, is more reliable and more likely to be put into practice. By “public” we mean:

  • Patients
  • People who might be patients in future
  • Carers
  • People who use health and social care services
  • People who speak up for people who use services

How can you get involved?

We help make sure people and researchers work well together to produce excellent research. We are working with local partners to build a bank of volunteers called Patient Research Ambassadors who want to help promote the benefits of health and social care research and play an active part in its development. 

What is a Patient Research Ambassador?

Patient Research Ambassador is someone who helps researchers and promotes research from a patient or public point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate this to others. Hear from a Patient Research Ambassador, making research happen in Wessex. 

Contact us

To find out more about becoming a Patient Research Ambassador or other opportunities to get involved, please contact or 01489 771027.