Patients and the public are an integral part of any medical research and without our fantastic volunteers it would be impossible for us to make breakthroughs which improve the way diseases are tested for and treated.
This could include taking part in a clinical trial looking at a new drug or social research where researchers interview patients and carers about their experiences and feelings regarding their diagnosis and treatment.
Evidence suggests that, for some conditions, patients on research studies have better long term outcomes, and may also get earlier access to new drugs.
As well as participating in trials, patients and members of the public play an active role in our research groups, which continue to grow in number and evolve, and have helped us to identify ways of making research more appealing to volunteers.
We also need healthy volunteers who are fit and well and have no specified conditions to take part in the research studies in our hospitals.