Category: Get Involved!

Get Involved!

At the Cambridge Clinical Research Facility we are really keen to hear your views about the research we conduct.

There are lots of different ways you can get involved, view some of the studies we run at the CCRC.

How you can help

We want patients and members of the public to be actively involved in the research we do.  This means more than simply taking part in a study.

What is important is that you have personal knowledge or experience of health conditions, illness or health care services and have an interest in shaping research.

There are all sorts of different ways of being involved, such as:

  • attending workshops for researchers to discuss their research plans with them
  • reading documents produced by researchers for the public to make sure everything is clearly explained and that they have thought about what might concern those taking part
  • ensuring that any proposed research methods are appropriate
  • offering advice on projects and research priorities
  • being consulted to see if you interpret the results of a study in the same way as the research team
  • spreading the word about the outcomes of research
  • helping to ensure the results of research are implemented in the NHS
  • helping to develop patient information for new services or interventions
  • collaborating with researchers to evaluate the research process

Work experience placements

We offer students 14 years and over a chance to participate in work experience at the CRF. We give students an opportunity to spend a three days meeting researchers and touring our research facility and labs.

Dates for 2020 are:

  • 27-29 May 2020
  • 3-5 June 2020
  • 5-7 August 2020

Download the programme to find out what the placements covered, or contact: Julia.Schumann-Pratt, HR Advisor, Work Opportunities Team.

Tell us your story!

We are also interested in hearing from you if you have taken part in any research at the Clinical Research Facility and would he happy to tell us of your experience.

Public reviewing with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

An interactive online course is available for new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, which has been produced by a team of public reviewers and patient and public involvement professionals with the NIHR. More information here.

Want to find out more?

We have a dedicated Patient & Public Involvement team, and we would be more than happy to talk to you about what is involved and answer any questions you may have. Please get in touch if you have a story to tell about why you have participated in one of our research studies or would like to join our panel, please email us.