Patient stories

Inspirational stories from patients, carers and members of the public

We’re gathering some fantastic stories from people across England who have got involved in research, that range from feeling better in day to day life, and knowing more about their condition, to an improvement in health.

Interview with Max Williamson and William Van't Hoff

Max is a research participant testicular cancer patient, and William van't Hoff is NHS Engagement Lead for NIHR. Both are interviewed about the importance of International Clinical Trials Day and why research is should be celebrated.





Evan suffered multiple trauma injuries when he was injured in a road traffic accident. Following his recovery the 13-year-old schoolboy has been helping others by getting involved in research.

Read about Evan’s story.


Emma was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2 following several years of depression and is an active member of the Clinical Research Network’s Mental health Young Person’s Advisory Group. In 2014 she got involved in research as a way to further understand mental health problems, break down misconception surrounding her illness, and to do something proactive in response to the need for more research.

Read more about Emma’s story. Full article in PDF 






Diane Chadband is a mother of three who has recently undergone a gastric band operation as part of this study. When her GP recommended she go on a weight management programme, surgery was the last thing on her mind.

Click on Diane’s picture to watch her interview.