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Patients, Carers and the Public in Health Research

Healthcare research is essential in helping the NHS work out which treatments work best for patients.

Patients, carers, and the public are vital to health research. Without their help and contribution research would not take place.

Research trials and studies are an important step in discovering new treatments to improve patient benefit, and by undertaking high-quality research we can understand how to improve NHS healthcare now and for the future.

Take a look at the sections below to find out what participants think of research here at the Trust, where to go to participate in/or get actively involved in research, how the research cycle works and why research is important.  Click here to read our information and guidance about research for patients and their carers.

You can see all our current research studies open at CHFT here.

What our patients say about taking part in research at our hospital

Results from our Patient Research Experience Survey


Between September 2019 and January 2020 we asked 73 of our research patients for feedback on their experience of taking part in research at our Trust. This is what they told us:

90% said they had a good experience in taking part in the study.

97% of patients said they were given all the information they needed in relation to the study.

96% said the research information given was easy to understand.

56% said they were able to manage their health condition better as a result of taking part in this study.

85% said they were able to contact someone appropriate and answer any concerns throughout the study.


Patient comments:

“I'm very glad to have taken part in the trial and feel that it has benefitted me.”

“I'm very lucky and happy to be allowed to try this trial drug."

“Overall had a positive experience, always given answers to my questions.”

“It's been an exciting experience, thanks for the invite!”

“Lots of information available and questions answered by the research nurse & doctor.  All very positive.”

Patient Research Champions (PRC)

We currently have two volunteer Patient Research Champions (PRC). Their role is to help promote opportunities to take part in research within our Trust to:

 Be part of the public facing team for research within the Trust

  • Collaborate with staff to improve research opportunities and communications
  • Liaise with other PRCs across the Yorkshire and Humber region to share learning and experiences.

If you would like to sign up to be a Patient Research Champion at CHFT please view the following information log.

You can also find additional information about what it means to be a Patient Research Champions and what others have experienced in this role at the following website:





Other opportunities to become involved

You can also take part in research by registering and looking for studies through the NIHR 'Be Part of Research' website:

See the latest opportunities on the ‘People in Research’ website:

Occasionally there are opportunities available which are based on a specific topic with organisations such as the James Lind Alliance:

You may also wish to volunteer at the ‘BioResource’ or the ‘Join Dementia Research’ initiative:

Learn about Research