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

RECRUITING NOW: Patient Panels looking for new recruits

At Sheffield Teaching Hospitals we have several groups that are actively looking for patients to join their research panels. These panels advise, inform, comment and review research applications and studies conducted by University Scientists and the NHS
For more information on how you can get involved in these panels, please click on the links below or contact Jackie Palmer on 0114 2265412 or e-mail


1) Sheffield Motor Neurone Disorders - Research Advisory Group

The Sheffield Motor Neurone Disorders Research Advisory Group is currently looking for new members. Panel membership is open to patients, carers and family members who have been affected by MND. Further details about the group is outlined below. If you are interested in joining, please visit the following page to find out more -
Our Vision
The Sheffield Motor Neurone Disorders Research Advisory Group (SMND RAG) brings together those affected by MND to inform research. We are a committee of individuals that use our unique knowledge of living with the disease to join in the fight against it by helping researchers.
Who we are
Group members have all been affected by MND including patients, carers and family members. We are passionate about helping researcher’s improve patient care, better understand the disease and ultimately develop new treatments.
What we do
Our main activity to advise researchers from the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), a state-of-the-art research centre dedicated to researching motor neurone disorders. We offer clinical and scientific researchers feedback on their research proposals, ideas to improve patient involvement and assistance in communicating their research to wider audiences.
How we do it
The group hold quarterly face-to-face meetings and keep in touch via monthly email updates. Researcher’s either submit written documents for group members to review or come to our meetings to directly discuss their research. SMND RAG has close links with the MND Association local branch to further aid research and share SITraN’s work with the wider community.


2) Lay ADvice for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (LADDER) Panel

The Lay ADvice for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (LADDER) Panel is looking for new members. Panel membership is open to patients, carers and people with an interest in diabetes or an endocrine condition. The main purpose of the LADDER panel is to ensure that the diabetes and endocrine research carried out locally is patient focused. Thie may involve:
  • commenting on new and existing research proposals
  • helping to develop patient information leaflets
  • advising on the recruitment of participants into research studies and sharing research results
  • representing the public at research meetings

Please click on the document below to find out more:

  LADDER Patient Panel Recruitment Poster


3) Lay Advisory Panel for Bone Research

The Lay Advisory Panel for Bone Research is looking for new members, who have previous experience as either a patient, carer or study participant in the area of bone and joint health and disease. Becoming a member can provide you with the opportunity to influence bone research, and also allows you to increase our knowledge of bone health. Please click on the document below to find out more:

 The Bone Lay Advisory Panel Poster


4) The Lay Advisory Panel for Oral and Dental Research

The panel is looking for current or former patients that reside in the Yorkshire and Humber region who have:
  • Had a noteworthy course of dental treatment
  • Had specific dental problems that have required hospital-based care
  • An interest in establishing patient benefit from our key research areas
  • Been involved in clinical trials or dental research studies

The main purpose of the Lay Advisory Panel is to ensure that research carried out within the Directorate is patient-focused. If you are interested and want to find out more, please click on the link below::

 Oral & Dental Panel member Information Sheet



5) The Research Advisory Panel for Infectious Diseases (RAPID)

Are you a patient, relative or carer with an interest in, or experience of, Meningitis, Hepatitis B or C, Tuberculosis, Influenza or Clostridium Difficile? The RAPID panel is looking for people who reside in the Yorkshire & Humber region who wish to be actively involved in research. 

Please click on the links below for more information:

If you are interested in becoming involved in this panel please contact Tracey Sutton, Research Administrator on 0114 2711889 or