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Shape the NHS of tomorrow through research

Research has built the NHS we have today. Getting involved in healthcare research could help shape the NHS for the future, discovering life-saving treatments, uncovering the secrets behind diseases, and developing the answers to the problems causing ill health today.

As the NHS turns 70, you can help develop it for the future by getting involved in research. Every year, more than half a million people take part in health research. Patients and members of the public also help design research studies and advise what our priorities for future research should be.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the research arm of the NHS, and works with patients, healthcare professionals and researchers to support healthcare research. As part of NHS70 birthday celebrations, we’re asking people to take part and shape research.

Take part in research

Do you want to take part in a research study, either as a patient or a healthy volunteer? Ask your doctor, nurse, midwife or other healthcare professional about whether there is a trial or study that you could take part in. You can also visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway to find out what research is happening near you and how you can participate.

You can volunteer for genetic research by signing up for the NIHR BioResource, or register your interest in participating in dementia research through Join Dementia Research.

And NIHR’s Patient Research Ambassadors promote health research from a patient point of view and help others get involved.

Shape research

You can help shape what research gets funded in England through NIHR’s patient and public involvement activities.

You can make a difference to health and care research by:

Find out more

Find out more about how you can get involved in research on the NIHR website.