Who are we?
We are the Clinical Research Network Wessex. We make sure health and social care research is done well, and that people can join in.
What is health and social care research?
Research is how we find out how well things work. Research helps to make health and social care better. We help to fund and deliver health and social care research throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight and south Wiltshire.
Who does research?
Research is carried out by trained health and social care professionals such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
How can I find out about research opportunities?
You can find out about research opportunities by visiting www.bepartofresearch.uk. Be Part of Research makes it easy for the public to learn about UK health and social care research. Anyone can search for ethically-approved studies and ask to take part. There are studies for people living with a condition as well as those who may be healthy. The service also curates the latest research findings from reliable sources.
You can also visit Join dementia research, a national service that enables you to register your interest in, and be matched to, suitable dementia research studies.
What is public involvement and engagement in research?
Public involvement and engagement in research is when people who are not professionals support and advise on the design and delivery of research. Involving the public in research leads to research that meets their needs, is more reliable and more likely to be put into practice. By “public” we mean:
How can you get involved?
We help make sure people and researchers work well together to produce excellent research. We are working with local partners to build a bank of volunteers called Patient Research Ambassadors who want to help promote the benefits of health and social care research and play an active part in its development.
What is a Patient Research Ambassador?
A Patient Research Ambassador is someone who helps researchers and promotes research from a patient or public point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate this to others. Hear from a Patient Research Ambassador, making research happen in Wessex.
To find out more about becoming a Patient Research Ambassador or other opportunities to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01489 771027.