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.

  • Max


    03 July 2017

    Max was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was just fifteen years old, and took part in a research study that will help inform more large scale NIHR research into cancer.
  • Amelie Holl

    Amelie Holl

    05 June 2017

    Amelie Holl, aged 4, is helping NHS researchers find better treatments and care for future patients via the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study.
  • Mandy Sellars

    Mandy Sellars

    01 May 2017

    In 2011, Mandy was introduced to two researchers from Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Dr Robert Semple and Dr Victoria Parker.
  • Jane Owen

    Jane Owen

    03 April 2017

    Jane Owen of Plymouth believes she wouldn’t have survived Diabetes if it wasn’t for treatment advances informed by clinical research.
  • Stuart Priscott

    Stuart Priscott

    06 March 2017

    Stuart is prepared to travel 200 miles to attend clinic appointments for a Cystic Fibrosis research study at a South West hospital.
  • Peter Stamp

    Peter Stamp

    06 February 2017

    Taking part in a health research study gave me back my life – and it’s better than before, says South West participant Peter Stamp.
  • Bozena Bajer

    Bozena Bajer

    09 January 2017

    Bozena Bajer feels that taking part in a clinical research study has given her a much better understanding of her operation and her condition.
  • Ann and Jan

    Ann and Jan

    05 December 2016

    Ann Grimes and Jan Cashmore took part in diabetes study.
  • David Shiers

    David Shiers

    07 November 2016

    David Shiers is a retired GP who developed a keen interest in obesity and mental health when his daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia aged 16. His experiences as a carer have played an important role in shaping the STEPWISE study.
  • Susannah Page

    Susannah Page

    03 October 2016

    Susannah Page has both personal and family experience of mental health research