We have a simple ambition - to fund the research that will one day stop men dying from prostate cancer.

We believe that the involvement of lay representatives significantly improves the quality and outcomes of all types of research. Lay representatives are people who have been directly affected by prostate cancer, whether they’ve been diagnosed themselves, or are the family or friend of a patient. Because of their personal experiences of prostate cancer, they are uniquely placed to help shape and deliver your research, adding value at all stages of the research cycle. 

We encourage all proposals submitted to us to have lay representatives on board, and this will be taken into consideration by our committees and reviewers.

What are the benefits?

Involving patients or their families can keep your research focused on what matters most, and can strengthen your applications in a number of ways:

  • defining and contextualising your research question
  • planning and designing your research
  • designing your protocol, patient information and informed consent
  • working with patients on your trial
  • monitoring and disseminating progress
  • help you design and deliver your engagement or involvement activities

For more information on ways of involving lay representatives in your research we recommend that you refer to the Involve website.

Our Patient Representative Network

Our Patient Representative Network is a group of lay representatives who can help you with your research. Through it, we can put you in touch with people who are willing to help with any stage of your research. 

To request a lay representative simply download and fill out our form, describing the opportunity you would like them to assist with. Please return completed forms to research@prostatecanceruk.org.

We aim to get back to you within three working days on receiving your request.

Download the request form