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Get involved with research

We want to make it as simple as possible for our patients, services users and carers to get involved in research.

Research helps to provide a better understanding of conditions and you can participate in research in lots of different ways.

We have identified some research opportunities from People in Research below.

If you would like to see all of the opportunities from People in Research please click here.

Determining the value of interventions which improve quality of life

Our study aims to determine how valuable or desirable certain health states are through structured interviews. We need volunteers to assist in the co-design of our research study to help us determine which type of structured interview is most appropriate. Volunteers will assist in the design of our study through online zoom calls. Ideally volunteers should represent the perspective of the UK general public, those with varicose veins and those with problems affecting the hands.

2nd July 2020 to 31st October 2020

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Become a reviewer for NIHR Evidence

As a reviewer, you will be asked to read the abstract of a published paper in a research area of your interest, for example, mental health, cancer or social care. Once you have read the abstract we will ask you a few questions to determine your view on the paper’s findings. We expect a reviewing task to take between 20 and 30 minutes. It is important to note that reviewing tasks are not compulsory and that you can always decline an invitation to review.

3rd July 2020 to 4th September 2021

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A randomised controlled trial of compression therapies for the treatment of venous leg ulcers

We are looking for people who have either had or who have cared for a person with a venous leg ulcer, to input to the management of our research study.

You do not need any previous experience, just a willingness to attend occasional meetings. This should not take more than 2 hours at any given time, and we will work with you to support you in attending these meetings.

You may also be invited to review project documentation and processes as the study progresses.

13th May 2020 to 31st December 2020

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Scaffold technology for early intervention of cartilage defects in joints

We have developed novel scaffold technology for early repair and regeneration of articular cartilage damages, it has potential to delay the use of total joint replacement. This technology has progressed to the clinical trial. We wish relevant patients could be involved in our research and develop better treatment option for patients with cartilage damages.

30th April 2020 to 30th December 2021

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The main part of this study is exploring the contexts that influence the usage of data within NHS primary care commissioning. I will conduct interviews with NHS commissioners, including laypeople who provide Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) for the NHS primary commissioning cycle.
Prior to interviewing this particular group of commissioners, we would like to speak to people who have experience of providing PPI for the NHS primary care commissioning cycle to test some of the questions.

8th May 2020 to 8th October 2020

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We are undertaking a review and a survey of pain relieving strategies for dressing change of chronic wounds in the UK. We would like people living with chronic wounds requiring frequent dressing changes that can be painful to help us with our research. We would like you to be involved in our project meetings and to help us identify the most relevant outcomes for our review and to ask the right questions in our survey. We will reimburse you for any expenses incurred.

8th April 2020 to 8th April 2021

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Reviewing Opportunity for Health and Care Research Wales - Health and Care Research Wales

We are starting to recruit for public reviewers for our Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB), Social Care Research Grant and Health Research Fellowship Awards call,  which are open now.

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity or would like more information, please email us :

17th October 2019 to 23rd December 2020

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NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative - Join our Lay Advisory Group

Are you interested in health research involving the design, utility and cost-effectiveness of new diagnostic tests in the NHS? We have an exciting opportunity to become a member of our Lay Advisory Group. We are looking for members who could provide critical and constructive feedback to join us. You will be an active member of our Advisory Group and bring your experience as patient/carer representing patient voice in our decision-making process.

2nd October 2019 to 14th November 2020

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HealthLumen - Lay members required for communicating personalised risk of disease

The link between health behaviour and chronic disease is well established, however translating risk of disease based on unhealthy behaviours is difficult at an individual level.

We’re looking for a lay members to input into the development and design of the predictive tool. The tool will predict a person’s likelihood of disease based on their unhealthy behaviours. This will be integrated within GP systems and provide visuals as a way of better communicating disease risk e.g. red for high risk.

22nd August 2019 to 30th October 2020

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Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds - Measuring quality of life for patients with cataracts and age-related macular degeneration

We are looking for people with experience of cataract surgery or age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) to help us with a research project on how to measure the impact of vision on quality of life with cataracts and ARMD.

No previous research experience is needed. You would help us understand the patient perspective and look at the quality of life issues that matter most to people with cataracts/ARMD.

You would attend meetings, either in person or via phone, and review project documents.

12th September 2019 to 1st November 2020

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UK Based Public Advisory Group for the Global Surgery Unit

What does the study involve?

The Global Surgery Unit is looking for individuals from Mexico, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Benin, South Africa, India, The Philippines and Egypt to join a UK-based Advisory Group.


- You must be from Mexico, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Benin, South Africa, India, The Philippines or Egypt.

- You must have an interest in surgical care and knowledge of the healthcare system in one of the above mentioned countries is essential.

- Good written and spoken English.

- Good communication skills.

- Excellent team working skills.

- Ability to follow instructions and work autonomously.

Payment and Expenses

Payment and expenses will be made in line with INVOLVE guidelines.

Closing date: 15 August 2020

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Review for the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

This study is for people who have a liver transplant to review an application for funding.

The study is particularly interested in assessing the benefits of a home-based exercise programme before and after liver transplant.


You must have had a liver transplant.

Payment and Expenses

Payment of £125 will be made.

Closing date: 25 August 2020

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