Patient Research Ambassadors

Patient Research Ambassadors

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 is willing to communicate that to other patients, the public, as well as other 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 to 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 of 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.

Find out more

Sign up to receive news and updates about the Patient Research Ambassador Initiative by clicking the button below.  This will allow you to:

  • Find out about upcoming local and national Patient Research Ambassador events
  • Receive news about training and learning opportunities
  • Share your experiences and your stories and link up with other Patient Research Ambassadors in your region


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Showcasing Patient Research Ambassadors - Shirley

Meet Patient Research Ambassador Shirley interested in cancer research.  Read Shirley's story.