Why take part?

Why volunteer for research?

Man and woman looking over documentsIn 2018/2019 over 1 million people took part in research. This public participation, from people just like you, has helped provide valuable knowledge to help people live healthier and better lives now and in the future.

This research helps improve health and social care provided by the NHS and others.  It also helps advance medicine to find new cures and better treatments for future generations. This treatment could be medicine, a vaccine, surgery, radiotherapy, physical and psychological therapies and methods of diagnosing disease.

Why research is important

Every minute in the UK, someone is diagnosed with a disease or a condition. The treatment and support they will receive will, at some point, have been informed by research.  In this short video, Professor Allan Gaw explains why medical research is so important when it comes to making good healthcare decisions. Read video transcript.

Why should I get involved?

You might want to get involved in research to:

  • learn more about a condition that affects you
  • make a difference, by helping to improve treatments and quality of life, now and for future generations
  • support medical research for a particular condition or disease that you care about
  • access new treatments
  • take an active role in your own care.

Our annual Patient Research Experience Survey discovered 87% of patients who took part in research had a positive experience and 83% would be happy to take part in another study.

Whether it’s testing a new medicine, a new surgery procedure or scan, or trying healthier lifestyle choices to prevent disease, everyone has an important role to play – if they want to. The following video explains all the different ways everyone can take part. 

Improving healthcare through clinical research

4 week online course

Curious about why research is so important? This is an excellent introduction to the world of research and why it's so important for our healthcare today, and in the future. You will learn the basics of how research is developed, who carries it out and why it's so important.  The course is free of charge and can be completed at your own pace.