Become a Research Ambassador

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We are looking to create a team of volunteers to help us promote our research to the public and encourage more people to get involved with our research and trials.

A Research Ambassador is someone who promotes research from a public point of view. As a member of the public discussing research, you offer a unique perspective that patients identify with.

The aim of the initiative is to help patients and NHS staff to recognise the importance of research in health care, and to encourage people to get involved.

The role is diverse. You could help promote research through a range of the following examples, and more:

  • being locally involved in supporting national initiatives such as the ‘I Am Research’ campaign, which showcases how fantastic research is;
  • working with the team to produce better communication materials for promoting research;
  • speaking with staff, patients and visitors about the importance of research;
  • supporting open days and other events, such as running an interactive clinical trial game to teach visitors about the placebo effect
  • if you have a great idea for an activity or event, we can help support and deliver it

Find out more

Our Patient and Public Involvement Officer, Caroline Barker, will be happy to talk to anyone who has questions or wants more information. Email CRF-PPI@uhs.nhs.uk or call 023 8120 4989.

Applications for this opportunity are through the hospital volunteers’ service.

You will need to complete a short application, attend an informal interview and be able to satisfy our volunteer recruitment checks, which include a health check and criminal records check.

Please contact Caroline via the details above for an application form.