We’re committed to providing high-quality healthcare, and research is just one way that we can improve and develop the NHS services we commission.

This research is varied. It might be part of a national research study testing a new drug or technology, a service evaluation to help review services, or a pilot to test innovative treatments.

Patients’ experiences provide invaluable insight into how treatments are working, or whether things need to be improved. The views of their relatives and carers also offer an incredibly important perspective.

How you can get involved

There are many ways to get involved in research. It could be as a participant in a study, or as a research partner helping to shape and deliver the research. To begin, you can:

  • ask the person treating you if you can get involved in research – this could be your GP, consultant, surgeon, nurse or therapist
  • visit the research section of your hospital or care provider’s website
  • visit the INVOLVE website – part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) which specialises in supporting greater public involvement in research
  • use your local research network, e.g. the Clinical Research Network – West of England
  • visit the National Institute for Health Research to find out about what's happening in your area.
  • visit NHS Choices to understand more about clinical and medical trials and which studies are recruiting

If you don’t want to be involved in research but would like to share your experience, contact us using our online form on the Contact us page:

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More information

Locally, the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) provides CCGs in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire with expertise around research and development, service evaluation and the use of evidence.

For more information, please email the APCRC at or visit the APCRC website.