Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield
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Get involved in research

Without research volunteers, advances in medicine and health wouldn't be possible.

Research and innovation is central to improving patient care, and the Clinical Research and Innovation Office is committed to providing patients and members of the public opportunities to get involved in research. To find out more, please click here and read our booklet about patient's experiences of clinical research, and a few words from our researchers emphasising how important the patient perespective is for designing and develoing research ideas

Julie Drakeley, Sheffield MND Research Advisory Group

There is much work to be done and I want to be involved in any way I can in helping to find new ways to enhance the quality of life of patients and their loved ones.


The NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research Facility recently created a short animation, in which patients gave feedback on their experience of participating in a Clinical Trial. Click on the image below to view the video:


If you are interested in taking part in clinical research, there are several ways you could get involved:

  • The Join Dementia Research service is looking for individuals with or without dementia, to volunteer and become involved in supporting vital research studies tohelp beat dementia. Please click here to find out more.
  • The Yorkshire Health Study - You can help to find the best treatments to keep Yorkshire healthy by taking part in research. If you are interested, please click here to find out more. 
  • Talk to your GP, consultant or healthcare practitioner about any trials that may be suitable for you. Remember you don't necessarily have to be a patient to take part in a research study - you may just need to give a blood sample or fill out a simple questionnaire
  • Join one of our patient advisory panels, which will enable you to shape and discuss research with researchers, who will greatly value your input
  • Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway to find out more on you can take part in Clinical Research
  • The National Institute for Health Research also provides information on how patients can join in research. Please click here to find out more.

Dr Jackie Elliot, Diabetes researcher

Improving patient clinical care is the most important outcome of our research.  Patients are in a unique position to offer advice on, for example, how wording of grant bids or patient information sheets can change perception, both in terms of relevance of the research, and potential risks.  By integrating patient opinion in the design of research studies we aim to maximise patient benefit and having an expert patient panel greatly facilitates this process.


Useful links:

Involve A national advisory group supporting greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research
People in Research National database allowing you to find out more about ways to get involved in research
The National Insitute of Health Research: Research Design Service for Yorkshire & the Humber A specialist Yorkshire and Humber advisory group providing specialist advice and support to researchers to turn ideas into research proposals. The service is provided free of charge, and actively promotes patient and public involvement in research
The National Insitute for Health Research The UK's major funder of clinical research, the National Institute for Health Research is committed to improving the health and wealth of the nation through research. 
The Handbook to the NHS Consitution The importance of innovation and medical research is highlighted as integral to driving improvements in healthcare services for patients - What are Clinical Trials & why do we need them? This link provides useful information on the importance of Clinical trials, including videos of patients explaining their experience of Clinical Trials and Clinical Research


Rachel Dwyer, Cardiovascular Research Patient Panel Coordinator

No particular experience is necessary to become a member, many have no medical experience whatsoever, other have some science background, a few have experience in the NHS. What they share is experience of some kind of heart problems and an interest in developing better solutions for future patients.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact us at or call 0114 226 5935 where someone in the research office will talk you through the options of getting involved in our research. More contact details can be found on the Contact page


Professor Rob Storey, Professor of Cardiology

Many people in South Yorkshire suffer from heart disease and we are making great strides towards improving the effectiveness of treatments that we can provide. It has been very rewarding to hear the perspectives and opinions of those who have received treatment for heart disease when designing research studies in this area and this has helped to prioritise and design studies for answering important questions.


Thank you to the attendees of the Patient Engagement Workshop, which was funding by Sheffield Hospitals Charity for helping to develop these webpages.

Sheffield Hospitals Charity help to fund special equipment, pioneering research, patient support services and the transformation of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals into more comfortable environments. For more information about Sheffield Hospitals Charity, click on the logo below or get in touch using the contact details provided:





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