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Patients, Carers and the Public

Patients, carers and the public play a vital role in the research we support. Research relies on people volunteering their time to take part as research participants, and we recruit thousands of people to studies in the North West Coast region every year.

Be Part of Research

Would you like to get involved in clinical research?

If you would like to get involved in clinical research, speak to your GP, doctor, nurse, or any other health professional you come into contact at your next visit to a healthcare provider. You can take a look at what current opportunities are available yourself by visiting the Be part of Research website. 

 Research helps us increase our knowledge about human health and wellbeing. This is so we can:

  • provide life changing treatments
  • diagnose diseases earlier or more accurately
  • prevent people from developing conditions
  • improve health and care for generations to come
  • ensure everyone has a better quality of life.

Although health professionals already know a great deal, there are still so many questions that need answers.

“All of the medicines and treatments we have today, and will have in the future, are a result of people like you and me taking part in clinical research trials. You too could help make patients and the NHS better by taking part.”

- Keith Wilson, Research Patient Ambassador, Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Important discoveries so far

Here are some important research discoveries that shape our healthcare today:

  • Penicillin was discovered in 1928 and developed into a medicine in the early 1940's. Today it is used to treat a broad range of bacterial infections accounting for around 45% of the antibiotics prescribed in the NHS. 
  • Research in the 1980s and 1990s showed that low doses of blood thinning drugs such as aspirin and warfarin significantly reduced the number of heart attacks and strokes in people at risk. 

Participant in Research Experience Survey

Have you been a participant in NIHR funded research? Tell us about your experience! 

Your views are important to us and will help us improve how we run research studies in the future so that we can continue to bring new treatments to the NHS.  If you need any help regarding this survey please contact Greg Woodley on 0151 331 5130 or email 

Take the Participant Research Experience Survey now. 

Research for the Future

Here in the North West Coast, we have a unique service called Research for the Future.

It is an NHS-supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research in and around the region.

Everyone is welcome to register, whether you have a health condition or not. The only requirement is that you are 18 years or over. Registering means you will be informed about research opportunities that are relevant to you.

Research for the Future has a number of areas of particular interest that are promoted via their ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns. Current campaigns include:

You can register your details and join the campaign now

Contact:  0161 206 3636

Research Champions

What are Research Champions?

Research Champions volunteer their time to help spread the word about health and care research to patients and the public, and especially those groups who are currently less likely to take part in research. They also help research and healthcare staff understand more about the experiences of those who take part in research.

Research Champions are patients, carers and members of the public. They can be people who have taken part in a research study before, as well as those who haven’t. Something that they all have in common is that they are passionate about getting more people involved in research so that we can develop better care and treatment for everyone.

What can research champions do?

What you contribute as a Research Champion will be shaped around your interests, skills and time. Some commit to regular activities while others may volunteer as opportunities arise. Research Champions may volunteer to get involved in some of the activities listed below:

  • Talk to patients and the public about health and care research, for example by giving talks, hosting coffee mornings, hosting stands within the local community or visiting health services
  • Raise awareness amongst friends and family about research and be a champion for taking part in health and care research amongst people they know
  • Promote the Be Part of Research campaign to patient and public groups and help people find out about research studies they can take part in by using the Be Part of Research Website. 
  • Promote the Join Dementia Research website and the importance of dementia research to the public
  • Visit local health and care organisations to tell people about health and care research and encourage them to connect with local research teams
  • Take part in local actions to mark International Clinical Trials Day and health awareness days
  • Write about their experiences of participating in health and care research to share with the NIHR or other platforms
  • Speak to interest or patient groups about health and care research

How can I get involved?

If you're interested in becoming a Research Champion or finding out more, please give us a call on 0151 331 5130 and ask to speak to Greg Woodley. 

Follow us on Twitter to find out how patients, carers and the public can get involved in research and use #researchchampions to learn about research champion activities.