Research Champions Thames Valley and South Midlands

Research Champions are members of the public who volunteer their time to spread the word about health and care research to the public and help healthcare staff understand more about the experiences of those who take part in research. This website is about the Research Champions programme in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire, administered by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands.

For researchers

Research Champions can support your research by:

  • Talking to patients and the public about health and care research e.g. by giving talks, hosting coffee mornings, creating play events or hosting stands within the local community, visiting health services.

  • Taking part in mock study rehearsals, where staff practice how they explain a study to a potential participant, the Research Champion (read more).

  • Taking part in local actions to mark International Clinical Trials Day and health awareness days.

  • Visiting local health and care organisations to tell people about health and care research and encourage them to connect with local research teams.

  • Co-designing materials to raise public awareness of health and care research like posters and leaflets.

  • Collecting general feedback about taking part in research from participants.

Read more about how Research Champions support partner organisations to fulfil the requirements of the NHS Long Term Plan and CQC Well-Led Framework.

View biographies of our Research Champions here.

View posters, flyers and graphics to promote the initiative to the public and staff.

Please complete this form to make a request to work with our Research Champions.

If you know anyone who is interested in becoming a Research Champion please ask them to contact us (see below) or visit this website.

For more information contact Cora Reilly-McGeown on / 01865 223262.

Queries: 01865 227252 or