Become a patient research ambassador


Patient Research Ambassadors are volunteers promoting health research. They are enthusiastic about health research and willing to explain more about research and participation to the public.

What does being a Patient Research Ambassador involve?

What you contribute as a Patient Research Ambassador will be shaped around your interests, skills and time. Some Patient Research Ambassadors commit to a weekly activity while others volunteer when opportunities arise. It’s all about sharing your experience of being part of research, which you could do through activities like:

  • Attending health awareness day events
  • Talking to friends and family about health research
  • Taking part in and organising activities to mark the annual event International Clinical Trials Day. This can sometimes include being interviewed by the media
  • Supporting local engagement teams to raise awareness of opportunities to participate in research studies

Patient Research Ambassadors are hosted by an individual NHS organisation, typically a hospital. These organisations will also support their Patient Research Ambassadors, by providing training and mentoring.

How to get involved

If you are interested in becoming a Patient Research Ambassador or finding out more, then get in touch with your local contact

You can also sign up for our email updates to:

  • Find out about local and national Patient Research Ambassador events
  • Learn about training opportunities
  • Share your stories and link up with other Patient Research Ambassadors in your region

 Read previous issues of email updates: 

June 2019
March 2019
December 2018

Follow us on Twitter at @NIHRtakepart to find out how patients, carers and the public can get involved in research and use #researchambassador to learn about ambassador activities. 

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