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Take part in health and care research

Here you will find out what health and care research is, and resources to help you to find a research study that you may want to take part in.

What is health and social care research?

Health and care research helps health care professionals – such as doctors, nurses or care workers – find out about the best available treatments to help the people they are caring for. But it’s not just about treatments, research can also help in other ways, for example:

  • Find new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases or conditions
  • Test new approaches that could improve the lives of people receiving health or social care
  • Look at the costs and benefits of making changes in the community, for example, screening for cancer in certain age groups
  • Help understand how the NHS and social care services can spend money and run more efficiently.

How can you find and take part in research?

There are a few ways you can find and take part in health and care research:

Be Part of Research

Be Part of Research is run by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The online service makes it easy for people to find and take part in health and care research. People can search for what studies are taking place for health conditions they are interested in, at locations that are easy for them to get to.

Join Dementia Research

Join Dementia Research (JDR) service is run by the NIHR in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society. The service enables people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.

University of Bath - Take part in research

Researchers at the University of Bath carry out lots of health and care research, and they are always looking for people to take part. Find out about the research you can take part in.