Involving London


How Can I get involved in Research?

I am a member of the public who would like to get involved in research. How do I do this?

There are a number of different ways in which people who use services become involved in research.
If you want to be involved in research in London then please look at our Opportunities to get Involved page or Contact Us 
Being involved allows you as a patient to;

  • Help improve services and treatments
  • Share personal knowledge and experiences
  • Influence the way research is planned and conducted
  • Develop new skills through specialist training and support
  • Improve the way findings are reported and disseminated
  • Make a genuine contribution to research

Other ways of getting involved include:

  • Contact one of the Involving London collaborating organisations on our Organisations page.
  • Researchers advertise for people who use services to become involved in their project. Look out for advertisements in newspapers, GP practices, libraries or community centres.
  • You could approach researchers. Your local NHS Trust or Primary Care Trust might have a research programme in which you could get involved. Their contact details will be in your local telephone directory, ask if they have a Research and Development (R&D) Manager or lead person for R&D. 
  • Some GP's and health visitors run research projects of their own, often with the support of a local primary care research organisation. It may be worth making enquiries at your local GP surgery. 

Why would Patients, Carers or Members of the Public want to get involved?

People who use services may have a number of reasons for wanting to get involved in research: 

  • to improve treatment services for themselves and those who come after them •  for many people research may be a means to an end and they are likely to want to know what will happen as a result of research
  • to identify problems related to the treatment or service they are offered 
  • to influence the research agenda in a way that makes research more effective 
  • to identify gaps in knowledge related to specific treatments or conditions which they feel need research 
  • to ensure that the issues which are a priority for people are addressed 
  • to ensure that future R&D is relevant to the needs of a specific group of people 
  • to identify existing research which is not being disseminated or implemented, which could improve treatments or services

When you get involved in a research project, it is important to understand your reasons for getting involved.

Will I get paid for being involved?

Whether you get paid for getting involved in research is down to individual research teams and you should discuss this with your researcher before you get involved.  

If you have any further questions please use the Contact Us page to submit your query. Additionally, please visit our Useful Links page for further information.