We want to embed a patient-centred research culture in the NHS. To do this, we need to engage with patients with research more effectively.
Many patients and carers are already Patient Research Ambassadors. They feel passionate about research and are prepared to talk about it, both with each other, and NHS care professionals and managers.
Involvement4Access is a resource for the research community, which contains guidance and examples of best practice on how to engage and empower Patient Research Ambassadors.
By "research community" we mean everyone involved with research: from nurses to patients, from carers to trial coordinators and from family members to Trust Boards. You'll find guidance below for key groups within this community. You'll also find top-tips, useful links and examples of best practice which will increase as the project develops.
We all have a role to play in ensuring patients are aware of, and engaged with research. Please start the I4A conversation by telling us your plans/initiatives and help others benefit from your good practice.