Patients and public

The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient. One of the commitments in the Constitution is your right to be informed of research studies in which you might be eligible to participate.
We run many research studies relating to different mental health conditions and services provided within the community. We are always looking for new participants to become involved in research studies. Information about studies being conducted at EPUT and can be found here. You can also speak to your doctor or nurse to find out if there are any studies that you or your family member can participate in.

Access the UK Clinical Trials Gateway/Be Part of Research website for easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK.

Working directly with Research Teams

Involvement of members of the public in research is actively encouraged. Advice on the design of research studies and what research should be funded are just two of the ways in which a member of the public might become involved in research. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) fund and support INVOLVE to ensure that researchers, funders and the public are aware of the value and contribution of public involvement.

Become a Patient Research Ambassador

Become a Patient Research Ambassador (PRA) for EPUT – promote health research from a patient point of view by spreading the word about research within your community.

You could be a patient, service user, carer or someone who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate that to other patients, the public as well as healthcare professionals.

As a Patient Research Ambassador you can help to ensure that people using local NHS care have the best opportunities and choices about taking part in research studies.

Find out more about the role of a Patient Research Ambassador or contact Anjum Piracha at

Join Dementia Research

Support dementia research. ‘Join Dementia Research‘ (JDR) a national service that enables you to register your interest and be matched with suitable research studies local to you.

Anyone can sign up; if you have dementia or memory problems, you’re a carer or a member of public who is interested or sign up for someone else, provided you have their consent.

Registering is the first step in becoming involved in supporting vital research studies across the nation.