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Patients, Carers and the Public

We work with patients and healthy volunteers to develop better tests, treatments and ways of working in the NHS, public health and social care. Find out how to get involved in our research in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire below. 


Clinical research is taking place at every major NHS hospital throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire, as well as many GP surgeries.

If you're a member of the public and would like to know more about research, here's how you can find out more:

  • Ask about research: ask your doctor or nurse if there's a clinical research study you could take part in during your next appointment.
  • Find a study: search for and browse studies you could take part in, even if you’re healthy, at Be Part of Research.
  • Join Dementia Research: register to be informed of dementia studies that you can take part in close to you, if you have dementia or not, at Join Dementia Research.
  • Real life stories: read real life stories about people who have taken part in research.
  • Watch videos: about research in our area on YouTube.
  • Our news: read more about what we do on our news page.
  • Our research: read more about the research we cover on our specialities page.
  • Promote research: sign up to our Research Champion programme to spread the word about research in your community.
  • Shape research: get involved with studies by advising researchers on what to research and how, known as Patient and Public Involvement (PPI). Contact 01865 227252 or
  • Newsletter: sign up to our monthly e-newsletter.
  • Keep in touch: join our mailing list and we'll let you know about specific opportunities to get involved in research.
  • Social media: follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


 Research studies may involve:

  • cognitive tests; activities and talking therapies
  • lifestyle changes
  • physical tests
  • drug trials
  • online activities
  • questionnaires
  • scans or genetic tests. 


Be Part of Research

Would you like to get involved in health and care research?

Every minute in the UK, someone is diagnosed with a disease or a condition. The treatment and support they will receive will, at some point, have been informed by research. Whether it’s testing a new medicine, a new surgery procedure or scan, or trying healthier lifestyle choices to prevent disease, everyone has an important role to play – if they want to. 

There are lots of different types of research. Research usually involves examining and observing people with different conditions and sometimes comparing them with people who don't have the condition. It can also involve research on samples of blood or other tissues, or tests such as scans or X-rays. Sometimes it might involve surveys or interviews.

Be Part of Research

Be Part of Research is a service that makes it easy for the public to learn about and search for research studies. Discover how research studies are designed, what happens when you decide to take part and the importance of taking part. You can:

  • Use the search tool to find current research studies happening right now
  • Find studies taking place near you
  • Filter results easily by age, health condition etc
  • Use the site on desktop or mobile
  • Download, save or print the full study details so you can talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional. 

Once you’ve found a study, you can see all the details including who to contact and ask to take part.

Whether you have been diagnosed with a condition or not, everyone can take part in research. Find a study that’s right for you.

Interested in taking part in dementia research studies?

Register with Join Dementia Research so that you can be told when a study starts in your area and the researchers are looking for people just like you. There's no obligation to take part in any study, but by registering, you’ll find out when new opportunities become available. The service is delivered in partnership by the NIHR, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

Patient Stories

Research Champions

Research Champions are members of the public who volunteer their time to spread the word about health and care research to the public and help healthcare staff understand more about the experiences of those who take part in research. Find out more about the programme in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire and how to get involved on our Research Champions website