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

  • Gillian Santi

    Gillian Santi

    17 June 2019

    Gillian is a retired GP. She thinks that lay people have such a lot to offer, and that research evidence is crucial for all aspects of patient care, and for constant opportunities to improve and develop.
  • Dan Brain

    Dan Brain

    12 June 2019

    Dan is a Patient Research Ambassador with an interest in mental health research. He feels research is how we learn and knowledge is only power when it's released. He thinks research through experience is essential for the future.
  • David Smith

    David Smith

    23 May 2019

    David had emergency surgery in 2010 and became aware of the Patient Research Ambassador role shortly afterwards. He wants to give something back to medicine and help others in the future. David thinks that without research our ability to learn and advance is severely limited.
  • Enid Hoole

    Enid Hoole

    16 May 2019

    Enid is a Patient Research Ambassador who hopes to improve diagnosis for Parkinson’s Disease and perhaps eventually find a cure. Enid thinks NHS Research is very important because it will lead to better quality care and improved use of resources.
  • Deb Morris

    Deb Morris

    13 May 2019

    Being diagnosed with a very rare condition opened Deb’s eyes to the importance of research in increasing understanding and developing effective treatments. She became a PRA to promote research in the NHS but also found an unexpected benefit in the support and friendship she has received from other PRAs.
  • Charles Foley

    Charles Foley

    07 May 2019

    Charles is a Patient Research Ambassador with an interest in stroke research. He thinks Patient Research Ambassadors can be involved in all aspects of the research life cycle from devising research questions and working with the medical team to show them what is important to patients to testing new inventions.
  • David Batchelor

    David Batchelor

    24 April 2019

    David is a Patient Ressearch Ambassador with an interet in heart disease, COPD and hearing research. David thinks research in the NHS has great value, with research studies often leading to new and improved treatments and outcomes.
  • Val Bryant

    Val Bryant

    17 April 2019

    Val says that research helps the NHS find out what works and what doesn’t work but most of all it gives the patients, carers and public a voice in future treatment and care.
  • Sasha Goodman

    Sasha Goodman

    08 April 2019

    Sasha was born with HIV and volunteered for different treatments as she grew up. She is currently the healthiest she’s ever been and wants to make a difference to others living with the condition and help change attitudes towards HIV.
  • Alan Wickes

    Alan Wickes

    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