If you have been affected by cancer and have a strong interest in cancer research, you could help shape its development through the work of NCRI.

At NCRI we involve patients and carers (advocates) at all stages of our work, which includes developing clinical trials and high-quality studies exploring a range of treatment approaches for specific cancer types. We offer training, ongoing support and a scientific mentor to all NCRI Advocates. NCRI Advocates also become members of the NCRI Advocate Forum, our broader community for patients, carers and others affected by cancer.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our advocate representation and encourage individuals based throughout the UK, from all ethnic groups, all age groups, and from people with experience of all kinds of cancer, become involved in cancer research.

Why become an NCRI Advocates

Progress in cancer research relies on patients being willing to participate in clinical trials, when a new treatment needs to be tested or in circumstances where there is uncertainty as to the best treatment for a condition. Doctors rely on research to provide evidence for the best treatment and care. NCRI Advocates bring the voice of patients and carers to research to influence priorities, progress and outcomes.

our … lay members … provide extensive feedback on trial development and design. They have made suggestions we have taken up to modify entry criteria and information sheets

NCRI Group Chair


…lay members…have had valuable input into questions of trial design, particularly risks and randomisations. Our patient information sheets have been scrutinised and helpfully amended by the … PPI reps in almost every new trial

Cancer researcher

As an NCRI advocate you can use your experiences of cancer to shape research, and ensure the perspectives of patients, carers and the public are considered at all stages. You will be able to develop new knowledge and skills and become part of the NCRI Advocate Forum which fosters a vibrant and collaborative community; exchanging knowledge and expertise in a coordinated way.

Patients and the public are increasingly involved … working alongside research teams… helping to improve the quality and relevance of research to benefit future patients

Previous Advocate Lead


I have enjoyed meeting, talking and corresponding with the clinicians and researchers involved. I feel I have made a contribution, perhaps more than I had originally anticipated, and have felt valued for my contribution

NCRI Advocate

How do I become an NCRI Advocate ?

Vacancies for advocate membership of NCRI Groups and initiatives are advertised on the jobs and opportunities page. If there are not currently any advocate vacancies, you are encouraged to register your interest.

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