Research volunteers

By taking part in research, you can help improve the quality of health and social care.

We have a range of opportunities for participating in research at Picker. With your involvement we can focus on what matters most to people, ensuring we can support services to deliver high quality person centred care.

This page displays our current opportunities for taking part in research.

Project title: Independent Evaluation of Q

Lead researcher: Molly Blackwell

About the project:

On behalf of the Health Foundation, Picker is conducting a two-year Independent Evaluation of Q, in partnership with ResPeo and Healthcare Priority Solutions (HPS). The purpose of this evaluation is to provide insight to Q on how their activities are currently creating impact, ultimately informing Q’s future strategic development decisions.

To date, we have interviewed internal Q stakeholders, conducted two workshops, and have launched the first of two member surveys. The next step is to interview members of the Q community to hear directly about the impact of Q membership at a personal level, as well as on wider networks and within the organisation/context within which the members work (if applicable).

To learn the full details on the project and the requirements to participate, click here.

About the project:

The Scottish Government has commissioned Picker to carry out an evaluation of the Redesign of Urgent Care (RUC) pathway in Scotland.

As part of our review, we will be running three online focus groups with staff working across the urgent care pathway, including clinical staff working in primary and secondary urgent care settings, call handlers at 111 and Flow Navigation Centres (FNCs), and staff in managerial roles (such as the RUC Implementation Leads). We are interested in the key learnings and any challenges that have arisen from the implementation of the RUC pathway. We are keen to speak with people who have a range of experiences of RUC – whether that is positive, negative, or mixed.

To learn the full details on the project and the requirements to participate, click here.

Project title: National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2024
Lead researcher: Caroline Hancock at Picker, on behalf of NHS England

The survey has been implemented thirteen times since 2010. We want to test the questionnaire ahead of its fourteenth iteration running in late 2024 to ensure it makes sense and is clearly understood by patients completing it.

We are looking for participants aged 16 or above who have a confirmed primary diagnosis of cancer and have received cancer-related treatment from the NHS within the last year.

Learn more here.

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