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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.

COVID at Home Trial

Researchers at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and the University of Southampton are calling for over 70s to volunteer  in a nationwide trials of a coronavirus vaccine pioneered in the UK.

Work on the vaccine, developed by clinical teams at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group, began in January.

We’re looking at how the body’s immune system responds to the vaccine, and how much this varies across age ranges,” comments Professor Saul Faust, Professor of Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Southampton and Director of the NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility at University Hospital Southampton.

“An effective vaccine is critical to exiting the pandemic and will be particularly important in protecting people over the age of 70 at higher risk. We’re hoping that we can involve enough over 70s now to progress development of this vaccine, which is one of only four in trial worldwide and could pave the way for a vaccine to be delivered later this year,” adds Professor Faust.

Taking part

The researchers are looking for people who:

  1. Have developed symptoms of COVID-19 during the last three days (which include a fever, a persistent cough and/or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste)

  2. Are 65 years of age or olal conditionder

  3. Are over 50 years of age with a pre-existing medical condition

For more information and details of how to take part visit:

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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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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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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