Become a Patient Research Ambassador

Mohini Young Patient Research Ambassador

What is a Patient Research Ambassador?

A Patient Research Ambassador is someone who promotes health research from a patient point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate that to other patients and public as well as healthcare professionals.

Why do we need Patient Research Ambassadors?

We would like to involve both patients and NHS researchers to recognise the importance of research in delivering health care.  As a Patient Research Ambassador you can help ensure that people using local NHS care have the best opportunities and choices about taking part in research studies.

Many of us are already Patient Research Ambassadors

Many patients, carers, and members of the public are already doing excellent work in the healthcare research community and may not recognise themselves as ‘Patient Research Ambassadors’.  In some cases the Patient Research Ambassador role might be an extension or natural development of what you are already doing under a different name? This is not meant to replace any current research role you may be involved in. Find out more about the role of a Patient Research Ambassador.

How to become a Patient Research Ambassador

If you are already involved in your local NHS care organisation as a volunteer or as a patient and public involvement representative within the NIHR, or have no involvement at all but interested in becoming a Patient Research Ambassador then registering your interest allows you to be notified of upcoming opportunities both locally and nationally. Registering your interest also allows you to be able to share your experiences and stories and link up with other Patient Research Ambassador’s in your region. Fill out the Patient Research Ambassador registration form to register your interest.

For further information about the initiative please contact: crnppie@nihr.ac.uk

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Showcasing Patient Research Ambassador's - July

Our July Patient Research Ambassador is Robyn Challinor a Young Patient Research Ambassador based at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.  Read Robyn's Story