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Patient Research Ambassador

We are always looking to recruit Patient Research Ambassadors to join our team.  A Patient Research Ambassador is someone who promotes health research from a patient point of view.  They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate that to other patients and public as well as healthcare professionals.

Their role is supported by the National Institute for Health Research and national information can be found here

In our hospital we work with our Patient Research Ambassadors to promote our work and encourage others to take part.  For example, we host stands that inform people what research we do, and how to get involved.  We ensure that all our Patient Research Ambassadors are supported by our Patient Volunteer Network and are fully briefed on research by the Research & Development Office before they undertake the role.

Meet our Patient Research Ambassadors


Kathleen Murphy

Sadly, Kathleen's mum suffered from early onset Alzheimer's many years ago when there was no way of diagnosing this condition and there was very little support and care available.  Due to medical research though things are much better for families suffering the same situation and Kathleen wants to give something back to help future research and to help other families. 

Pat Southgate

Pat retired over 4 years ago after 43 years working in different nursing roles.  Throughout her long career in the NHS, she has seen incredible advances in the early identification, management and treatment of many complex conditions, as a consequence of the amazing findings discovered through clinical research.  As such she wants to support research in our local NHS by promoting the many benefits of being part of any research, for patients, public and healthcare staff, not only the result following the outcome of the work, but as a result of the interaction and time spent with the researchers and participants.

Lay Review Panel

We have recently trained a small group of interested members and governors into the background of clinical research so they can now read patient facing research materials for us, and edit them to be more understandable to the public.  We fully support this small group and offer full background and briefings on clinical research before they start this role.

"I'm fairly inexperienced in research, and the comments, advice and pointers the lay panel have spent time to feedback to me have been really very helpful.  They have shaped how I think about the study myself, how it will be undertaken, and the comments of the documents significantly.  I'm enormously grateful to them all,  many thanks" (Hepatology Research Fellow)

If you would be interested in finding out more about these roles or in applying to get involved in our research please contact:

Lydia Harris
Tel: 01904 726606

Search for a clinical trial

The National Institute for Health Research has launched a new website Be Part of Research.  This developing website has been designed to make it as easy as possible for the public to find out about health research and enable them to take part.  It also acts as a tool that clinicians and healthcare professionals can use to support patients who ask about research.

To find a clinical trial in your area simply search for a condition or disease and add 'York'.

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

York and Scarborough

147 research studies open to recruitment


4588 patients recruited into clinical trials