Getting involved: for patients and the public

Any patient, carer or member of the public can become involved with the research we undertake at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research, London. You can do as much or as little as you want to fit in with whatever spare time you have, with all aspects and stages of our research. There are lots of ways in which you can choose to help us with our research.

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Patient Representative Martin Lee

Why should I get involved in research at the BRC?

We would like to work with you on our journey to new and better cancer treatment and care.

You know what it’s like to receive treatment and the impact of side effects on your quality of life and so can provide valuable insight into a range of areas, including:

  • Helping researchers understand what matters most to patients and their families.

  • Challenging and shaping decisions about research.

  • Helping researchers ‘design’ research that is easier for patients to understand.

You would be helping to improve our research and will be offered training and support in doing so. 

Why is diversity important in patient and public involvement?

We want to hear from a variety of people to ensure our research functions best for the communities we serve. Listen to why diversity is important from those who have been involved and engaged in our research in the video below.

What opportunities are available?

There are several ways you can get involved or be engaged with our research.   

  • You may simply want to be kept informed about events such as open days, training for involvement and research projects that may require your input.
  • You may wish to contribute by email offering suggestions about improving our research documents, i.e. patient information sheets or leaflets.
  • You might decide to become a member of the Patient and Carer Research Review Panel and through friendly meetings, comment on research proposals, and contribute to the formal review process for clinical trials.
  • Or you may even decide to become more involved with the ongoing production of research.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to get involved in our research, please complete this registration form

If you would like a paper version of the registration form, or would like to find out more about patient involvement please email [email protected]

Can I get involved online?

Our new Cancer Patients’ Voice online platform is a quick, easy and secure way of having your say about improving cancer research and treatment. Visit the platform to find out about all the ways you can get involved, how to share your views and ideas, and which research projects would welcome your input.