Ambassador Stories

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 crnppie@nihr.ac.uk

  • Irene Soulsby

    Irene Soulsby

    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.
  • Donna Middleton

    Donna Middleton

    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.
  • Pat Wolstenholme

    Pat Wolstenholme

    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.
  • Stephen Mason

    Stephen Mason

    04 December 2018

    Stephen is a retired headteacher living in Dorset and supporting research at his local hospital. He thinks NHS research helps health professionals to refine their practices and treatments, achieving practical outcomes for patients.
  • Brent Murray

    Brent Murray

    26 November 2018

    Brent is a retired police officer and a Patient Research Ambassador with an interest in renal disorders.Brent believes he would not be able to live the relatively normal life he has if people had not gone on trials to get to where we are today.
  • Paul Inett

    Paul Inett

    19 November 2018

    Paul is a Patient Research Ambassador who is part of Involvement Cancer Research Birmingham. Paul rightly believes that getting patients involved in studies can accelerate NHS research to eliminate terminal and life changing diseases.
  • Irene McGill

    Irene McGill

    12 November 2018

    Irene is passionate about patient involvement in research. She believes patient experience is essential for the research process as patients can offer first hand understanding and add value to research and its outcomes.
  • Ron Flewett

    Ron Flewett

    05 November 2018

    Ron is very grateful to previous research participants as it was thanks to them that he received a new treatment for his lung condition. He is now determined to follow their example and thinks that research gives hope to others that they may have a future.
  • Nicola Whitehill

    Nicola Whitehill

    24 September 2018

    Nicola was cured from her rare disease and is eternally grateful to the clinicians researching her condition. She believes that research provides immense hope to those living with rare diseases and is keen to spread the word online.
  • James Hyde

    James Hyde

    22 August 2018

    James is a Patient Research Ambassador from the West Midlands who has been involved in research since he was 18 month old. He is most proud of his part in helping to plan a research study into mental health, which he thinks is very important.