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

Patient Research Panels

Providing patients and members of the public with opportunities to take part in clinical research is central to all our research.

As a result we have established a number of patient panels who provide our researchers with invaluable insights into how specific research studies should be designed and which areas of research would benefit and further improve health and healthcare.

We run a number of specialist research panels to help design and inform research in the following areas. Our current lay advisory panels are on the menu to the left.

How can I join?

Your opinion is what matters, so enthusiasm, interest and a willingness to take part in discussions with researchers, patients and members of public is all you need. You do not need any qualifications or previous experience to take part.

What happens next?

Anyone joining our patient panel will be offered a full day's training so that you can find out more about clinical research. No direct payment is given for taking part in a patient panel, however, we will cover the costs of travel to and from all meetings.

Examples of panel job description and terms of reference documents:

  Job description
Terms of Reference (both in document folder)


In addition to our general patient panels, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is pleased to host Devices for Dignity, who focus on developing technologies to meet clinical needs. If you have particular interests in technology developments across a range of clinical and care specialities you can visit their website here -, where you can also submit details of unmet clinical needs to them for further investigation.  

If you are interested in finding out more about our patient panels please contact us at or call 0114 22 65412 where someone in the research office will talk you through the options of getting involved in our research. Alternatively you can or write to:

Get Involved, Clinical Research and Innovation Office Sheffield, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, D Floor, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF