In order to enlighten our patients and carers about research, the Trust uses Volunteer Patient Research Ambassadors (VPRA).

Frances Mossie

Frances Mossie helps patients to understand the importance of becoming involved in trials and is on hand to provide support and answer questions relating to research at MTW.

Research has impacted on Frances’ life in a very rewarding and positive way, through her previous work in both the Trust and regional research departments and from her personal health experiences.

You can contact Frances Mossie on telephone 01622 228728 / 07702 338929 or email: frances.mossie@nhs.net

Judith Strutt

Judith Strutt is the Trust’s second Volunteer Patient Research Ambassador. She has been involved as a patient representative in diabetic research nationally and is a member of the Diabetes Research Network Steering Group. She is also involved in Address 2, a diabetic research project, advising how best to recruit members who have been recently diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

Judith works with Diabetes UK and is a member of their GAP (Grant Advisory Panel), providing advice to people with the condition on research projects.

Judith has had Diabetes for 40 years. During this time she has been inspired to help with research as she has benefited greatly from improved technologies, such as insulin pump therapy and better insulins. Judith can be contacted at: judith.strutt@nhs.net

MTW is one of the first Trust’s to appoint dedicated VPRAs, part of a national campaign led by the NIHR, to increase involvement and awareness in research across the country.

The Patient Research Ambassador Initiative website also includes details about the role of the Patient Research Ambassador. News about their events and activities can be found in their blog. The PRAI is currently looking for participants for their cancer focus groups – details here.

Could you be a Patient Research Ambassador?

Are you interested in research? Are you interested in volunteering at your local hospital? Can you give just a few hours of your time a week? If you answer yes to these questions, you may be interested in becoming a Patient Research Ambassador.

We are looking for members of the public with a few hours to spare to volunteer within the Research and Development Department as a Patient Research Ambassador. Working with existing volunteers, you will provide a support service to patients involved in research trials. You will also be part of a team dedicated to promoting the importance of research to healthcare providers and the wider public.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for research, please contact Frances Mossie, Lead Patient Research Ambassador on frances.mossie@nhs.net or telephone 01622 228728.