What is a Patient Research Ambassador?

A Patient Research Ambassador (PRA) is someone who promotes health research from their point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or ordinary member of the public who is enthusiastic about health research and is willing to communicate that to patients, the public and healthcare professionals.  They also help research and healthcare staff understand more about the experiences of those who take part in research.
Our PRAs get involved in a variety of activities to help raise the profile of public engagement and the research department as a whole.  Below are some examples of the activities that they have been involved in:

  • Presenting the importance of patient and public involvement (PPI) at a range of events for example: the local library, local village fete, International Clinical Trials Day at the hospital and regional research training workshops
  • Supporting research teams by reading and commenting on study documentation
  • Attend study meetings as a lay or patient representative
  • Website review
  • Participated in and attended our first PPI training session for patients on 'How to get involved with research' 
  • Gave a short presentation on the importance of PPI at the Royal Papworth Research Symposium 

Contact us
For further information about becoming a patient research ambassador at Royal Papworth Hospital please email us at papworth.ppi@nhs.net.

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Papworth Road
Cambridge Biomedical Campus

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