Two research ambassadors join the team

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) have appointed two Patient Research Ambassadors to be aligned to the Leeds Clinical Research Facility (LCRF), to help shape and promote the direction of our research.

The Patient Research Ambassador initiative was introduced by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to involve patients, carers or members of the public in health research. Patient and public involvement ensures that research remains focused on the needs of the users of health and social services in the NHS, with the aim of producing better treatments, support and care for people with health conditions.

Ian Thompson and Kevin Matthews were recruited following a comprehensive Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust selection process and, as volunteers, will dedicate around two hours or more a week to the role. They will attend local induction training, and will receive  further in-depth training and support as part of the LTHT Volunteer programme.

Patient ambassadorsSupporting the patient voice for research in the local NHS, Ian and Kevin (pictured left) were already actively contributing to the healthcare research community. Ian (pictured below left with Claire Forrest from the LCRF) was an existing member of  the Cardiovascular Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Group at the LCRF and had taken part in a five-year clinical trial for a new cholesterol reducing drug.

Since becoming a Research Ambassador, Kevin has become increasingly involved with the LCRF’s Cancer  PPI Group and has already visited the Bexley Wing CRF accompanied by LCRF Lead Nurse Sally Pearson.

Ian and Kevin also recently helped the CRF to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day 2017 by taking part in the national event and increasing awareness of research with visitors to the Trust.

Julie Corrigan, Operations Manager and coordinator of the Leeds CRF cardiovascular PPI group said: “Our PPI work is integral to the success of the research taking place at Leeds CRF and we’re delighted to have Ian and Kevin on our team. Through working with our Research Ambassadors, we believe we can improve our research methods,  deliver better clinical research and ensure patients and the public are better informed about the work we do.”