Inspirational experiences from patients, their families and carers

We’ve gathered some fantastic stories from people across England, whose lives have been transformed by clinical research.  All you need to do is click on the links below to access experiences relating to a wide range of conditions. You’ll find short-films and video-diaries to explore, plus audio and written accounts too.

  • Terry Lowes

    Terry Lowes

    09 August 2018

    A man from Stockton has said taking part in research trial at a health trust has saved his life – after it led to a bowel cancer diagnosis.
  • Samantha Russell

    Samantha Russell

    08 August 2018

    Samantha Russell was sterilised because of chronic pelvic pain and chose to take part in a trial into whether painkiller gabapentin is an effective treatment for her condition.
  • Ian Miles

    Ian Miles

    02 August 2018

    Oxfordshire's Ian Miles learned he had fatty liver disease after he put himself forward for an Ebola vaccine trial. He then took part in an NHS study into his condition, which enabled him to shed two-and-a-half stone.
  • Joanne Norris

    Joanne Norris

    31 July 2018

    A mum who gave birth to healthy twins after being at high risk of premature birth has encouraged other patients to get involved in clinical research.
  • David Higenbottam

    David Higenbottam

    30 July 2018

    In December 2016, David Higenbottam experienced a subarachnoid haemmorhage. Here he gives his account of a condition that affects nearly 7,000 people in the UK each year and is a life changing experience.
  • Tricia Moate

    Tricia Moate

    30 July 2018

    In 2004, Tricia Moate, at age 52, was diagnosed with advanced sarcoma, a rare form of cancer which can affect almost any part of the body. Here, she explains how she’s helping to shape research for future generations, and why she wants more people to do the same.
  • Ron Butterfield

    Ron Butterfield

    30 July 2018

    Ron Butterfield, from Portsmouth, was born in 1948 and turns 70 years old in September. To mark the recent 70th birthday of the NHS, he is sharing his story to highlight the importance of continued research.
  • Fred Whitby

    Fred Whitby

    02 October 2017

    In early 2016, Fred was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease causing skin thickening, joint pain, finger ulcers, stiffness and difficulty swallowing. With no cure available and symptoms getting progressively worse, Fred decided to take up an opportunity to get involved in research. He says taking part in this research has given him new hope of finding a cure.
  • Anne Norton

    Anne Norton

    04 September 2017

    Former nurse Anne Norton’s gratitude for a sight-saving eye treatment bolstered her support of clinical trials and led her to take part in a trial herself.
  • Diane Chadband

    Diane Chadband

    04 September 2017

    Diane Chadband is a mother of three who has undergone a gastric band operation.