Read the stories below and hear how Patient Research Ambassadors are promoting and raising awareness of health research in their regions. If you have a story to tell please share by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
13 March 2019
Alan says that it has been a privilege to be involved in research. It has given him greater insight into his own condition (diabetes) and can be a route to better treatments and services for future generations of patients
11 March 2019
Julian is a Patient Research Ambassador who has taken part in a number of clinical trials and wants to encourage others to get involved. He has been particularly active in research to do with memory and says research leads to innovations which improve the NHS.
04 March 2019
Michael has been interviewed on the radio and on BBC television as part of his efforts to promote research. He says that anything that makes the management of health conditions and illnesses easier will make things better for everybody else.
20 February 2019
Nigel is a semi-retired health and safety advisor with a family history of diabetes. He thinks NHS research is important and says that the progress made so far thanks to research has been amazing. Nigel hopes that in years to come we can find a cure, or some way to reduce the NHS costs, for diabetes.
30 January 2019
Bill is a retired British Telecom manager. As part of his Patient Research Ambassador role he has participated in promotional events and has helped to recruit volunteers for a vascular study too. His views are valued and appreciated by “some very clever people”!
30 January 2019
Elaine is a retired nurse and qualified midwife. She thinks getting involved in research is a worthwhile experience and says that in her lifetime so many changes have taken place with the help of research and development that would not otherwise have been possible.
28 January 2019
Phillip has taken early retirement after being diagnosed with cancer. He feels that each of us has benefitted from medical research, although we may not realise it, and he is currently taking part in an immunotherapy trial.
15 January 2019
Irene survived breast cancer in 2003 and is proud to have been a healthy research participant since then. She believes that research is vital and thinks that research can only move forward with real people’s contributions.
07 January 2019
Donna is a Patient Research Ambassador from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who believes that research is key to the future of NHS, to improve treatments and services.
19 December 2018
Pat is involved in two aspects of research: as a healthy volunteer for a study aiming to understand what happens to our brains as we age; and as a patient supporting new treatment options for her autoimmune condition.