How can I get involved in research?

You can get involved in clinical research in a variety of ways, not just as a trial participant. 

Find out more about getting involved in research within Sheffield Hospitals Foundation Trust at Click here to see more information from the Clinical Research Office about the difference that local people have made by getting involved.

You can also follow the national Ok to Ask Campaign which aims to raise awareness that it's OK to Ask about clinical research by clicking the Ok to Ask icon

How can you find out what clinical trials are taking place near to you?

The UK Clinical trials Gateway is available as a web page or can be downloaded as an application to your smart phone.

It is searchable by keywords such as 'diabetes', 'blood' or 'Sheffield' and gives information about clinical trials which are currently active in the UK and who to contact to find out more.

The North Trent Cancer Research Network website contains information about ongoing cancer clinical trials in the area.

Other ways you can be involved with the research process

Some people decide to continue to be involved with research after they have taken part in a research project or you might not have taken part in a project before but want to be involved in a different way.

Patient panels have been set up to ensure that research carried out at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust is patient focused. 

  • Find out more about patient panels - click here
  • Want to join an online patient panel - click here
  • Want to see what patient panels are recruiting now - click here

More information about other ways to get involved, or to remain involved can be found at the Clinical Research Office website. 

If you are interested, you can also find more information about getting involved in the NHS, public health and social care research at the website for the national body for patient and public involvement in healthcare, INVOLVE. There is a specific website called People in Research which may be of interest to you.

How does the CRF involve and engage with members of the public?

The CRF has created a strategy for involvement and engagement with patients and the public. Click here to open the Strategy which describes our vision and our objectives. The Strategy is complimented by an Implementation Plan which makes sure that the activities we are engaged in will help us to deliver our Strategy. A summary of progress to date in delivering our strategy is available here. We invite you to provide feedback on our report and recommendations. Please contact us using the contact us tab at the top of the page to find out how to get involved in how we deliver our service.

New video on the role of a Patient Research Ambassador

The Patient Research Ambassadors Initiative is a project which aims to  improve how NHS patients can find out about and participate in research in their local NHS care organisation and we believe that patients are best placed to make this happen. Find out more about the role of a PRA 

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