NIHR Patient Research Ambassadors

A message from Professor Kalra about becoming a Patient Research Ambassador

Image courtesy of the NIHR Learn Zone Pictured Amy Gough (7), with dentist Kathryn Houlding.

Image courtesy of the NIHR Learn Zone
Pictured Amy Gough (7), with dentist Kathryn Houlding.

The Comprehensive Research Network (CRN) is trying to encourage people to sign up to be patient research ambassadors in Greater Manchester. The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) is committed to raising awareness and involving more people in research and ensuring research is designed and delivered with patients and public in mind. The Patient Research Ambassador initiative (PRAI) aims to help to build a cohort of patients who can help underpin this Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) work.

As you know well, many patients, carers and members of the public are already doing excellent work in the healthcare research community and may not recognise themselves as ‘Patient Research Ambassadors’ and in some cases the Patient Research Ambassador role might be an extension or natural development of what they are already doing under a different name? This is not meant to replace any current research role they are in but to offer them support and guidance on practical aspects on involvement.

The Greater Manchester CRN are trying to build up their cohort of patients who can underpin this PPI work and have revamped and improved the area on the website with guidance documents and a useful ‘Learn Zone

If you’re interested in becoming a Patient Research Ambassador then please contact Janet Eastwood via janet.eastwood@cmft.nhs.uk

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