Reports To:  Ruth Roberts, research nurse

Location:     Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice for research meetings, and working from home

Hours:          Quarterly meeting attendance (Tues/Weds/Thurs afternoon in rotation) and intermittent requests for electronic review and comment on research proposals. 

Making a Difference 

Are you a patient or carer or someone with experience of hospice care? Are you interested in research? Do you want to help guide the hospice’s research agenda and ensure that the hospice focuses on research which will help patients and their families and friends? If so, this could be an ideal role for you. 

Key Duties

You will

  • Review research proposals and provide patient or carer opinion on usefulness to the hospice as a whole, and acceptability to patients and carers, as well as risks and benefits for the hospice, helping the research steering group to decide whether to take part in particular studies
  • Attend and input into quarterly research steering group and ensure the views of patients and carers are kept central to this committee
  • Help to advance the hospice’s research strategy, continually ensuring that Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is research focussed and engaged
  • Where the hospice is generating research ideas, ensure that patient/public involvement in research proposals is achieved
  • Promote the research which Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is involved in. This may involve writing blog posts, or talking about your experience in research
  • Be a resource for patients, carers, volunteers or staff who wish to talk more about taking part in research

Will the role suit me? YES, if you are… 

  • Enthusiastic about hospice care and recognise the value of research in hospices
  • Confident to give your view within a meeting
  • Articulate with a good grasp of written English 

What can Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice offer me as a volunteer? 

  • An opportunity to be involved in changing practice as a result of research
  • Development of skills in reading scientific proposals and judging risks and benefits
  • Expenses for meeting attendance covered
  • Signposting and support to access training about research

For more information, please contact: Ruth Roberts (0121 752 8788), Christina Radcliffe (0121 472 1191) or Kara Fereday (0121 752 8742)

If you interested in this exciting volunteer opportunity, you can download the Volunteer role Description, Volunteer Enrolment Form and the Equalities Monitoring Form by clicking on the links below:

Patient Research Ambassador Role Description

Volunteer Enrolment Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Completed forms should be returned to: [email protected]

Alternatively, you can post a printed copy back to the HR Department at:

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, B29 7DA

Registered charity no 503456

The Hospice is committed to developing a dynamic and diverse workforce, representative of the communities it serves. We ask you, therefore, to complete the Equal Opportunities monitoring form to help us in this aim.