Saturday 23rd June 2018

York Foundation Trust R&D Unit


Contact us

For general enquiries please

PostYork Foundation Trust R&D Unit,
Learning and Research Centre,
York Hospital,
Wigginton Road,
York YO31 8HE

Telephone iconTelephone: 01904 726996

Fax iconFax: 01904 725700

Email iconEmail: research.governance

How to get involved

Patient Research Ambassador


We are always looking to recruit Patient Research Ambassadors to join our team.  A Patient Research Ambassador is someone who promotes health research from a patient point of view.  They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and willing to communicate that to other patients and public as well as healthcare professionals.

Their role is supported by the National Institute for Health Research and national information can be found here

In our hospital we work with our Patient Research Ambassadors to promote our work and encourage others to take part.  For example, we host stands that inform people what research we do, and how to get involved.  We ensure that all our Patient Research Ambassadors are supported by our Patient Volunteer Network and are fully briefed on research by the Research & Development Office before they undertake the role.

Meet our Patient Research Ambassadors

Chris Hurford

Chris has been working with our research team now for a few years and has now progressed into the Patient Research Ambassador role, to support the Cardiology Department and the wider research community based in our hospital.  Chris became active in supporting our research work when she sadly lost her husband Kit 7 years ago to heart failure and after she herself was invited to participate in a clinical trial investigating Atrial fibrillation.

Kathleen Murphy

Sadly, Kathleen's mum suffered from early onset Alzheimer's many years ago when there was no way of diagnosing this condition and there was very little support and care available.  Due to medical research though things are much better for families suffering the same situation and Kathleen wants to give something back to help future research and to help other families.  Kathleen herself has a particular interest in gastroenterology research but is happy to support all researchers.

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Lay Review Panel

We have recently trained a small group of interested members and governors into the background of clinical research so they can now read patient facing research materials for us, and edit them to be more understandable to the public.  We fully support this small group and offer full background and briefings on clinical research before they start this role.

If you would be interested in finding out more about these roles or in applying to get involved in our research please contact:

Lydia Harris

Tel: 01904 726606



Search for a clinical trial

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK, and gives you and others access to a large range of information about these trials.  It is designed to enable you and your clinician to locate and contact trials of interest to you.

To find a clinical trial in your area simply search for a condition or disease and add 'York'.