Patients and the Public
More people than ever are taking part in research studies. The number of new studies delivered in the NHS has increased, and the number of patients engaged in research activity has hit an all-time high. Patients and the general public can often bring a fresh perspective to research. There have been occasions when members of the public have identified areas of research that have not previously been considered. Patients and the general public can also help to steer research projects by commenting on and developing research materials.
Patient involvement can range from being kept abreast of research news to being involved in designing research projects – any assistance is welcome.
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust hold a database of patients who are happy to be contacted about research. Signing up to the database allows us to keep you up to date with developments and also gives you options on new studies which may be of interest to you. You can also choose to get involved in study design as well if you wish. If you’d like to get involved, please e-mail plh-tr.RD-Office@nhs.net and leave your name, e-mail address and address.