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Research Patient Ambassador

Date: 18 September 2014 11:24

For many years Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (LHCH) has pioneered service user involvement in all aspects of the hospital environment. Nowhere is this more evident, than in research.

Research features prominently in LHCH's strategic planning, with the objective of improving the health of patients through research and development of cardiothoracic services, with new technologies, treatments and lifestyle advice.

Already recognised as a national leader in the involvement of patients and families in research, the hospital has now gone one step further by appointing what is believed to be the country’s first dedicated Research Patient Ambassador employed by the NHS, Keith Wilson. 

Keith first came into contact with LHCH in 1997 following his own heart attack and since then, he has been a strong advocate for patient involvement.    
Keith said: “Having been a heart patient myself and having participated in a number of research projects, I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to take up this innovative new role as Research Patient Ambassador.

“Although LHCH has taken a lead role in recent years, establishing patient research support groups, and actively involving patients on its research committee, it is imperative that patient views are not overlooked and that their voice and views are heard.”

Dr Marga Perez-Casal, Head of Research & Innovation at the Trust, said: “An important aspect of Keith’s role will be to act as an independent voice ensuring that all our future research projects continue to be looked at from a patient’s perspective as well as from a clinical perspective.

“Keith’s involvement as a member and then as voluntary chairman of our Service User Research Endeavour (SURE) group, and as an active member of our research committee for many years. Also Keith’s input into our biggest and most recent cardiovascular trial, has been invaluable. Having recently becoming a lay member of the University of Liverpool Ethics Sub Committee, thanks to the knowledge and expertise he has accumulated over the years, Keith now brings a wealth of experience to this new role.

“We firmly believe he will be able to further enhance the calibre of our clinical trials and research projects.”

Further information about research and development at LHCH.