We may be able to help you to find participants for your research by sharing information about your project with our networks of people affected by stroke. 

We can share approved participant requests with people affected by stroke in the following ways:

  • A post on My Stroke Guide, an online forum for people affected by Stroke
  • An item on our Take part in clinical trials webpage
  • Inclusion in a monthly internal round-up to members of our local teams. It will stay on this until your recruitment deadline.

We also encourage you to consider involving people affected by stroke in shaping your research as equal collaborators. This can take place at any and all aspects of research, including to improve research study design for participant experience and recruitment.

Find out more about patient and public involvement in research.

Criteria for submitting participation requests

We want to support good quality research with the potential to benefit people affected by stroke.

To help us to do this, we have a set of criteria that you and your study must meet for us to consider your request: 

  • The lead applicant must be based at a recognised research institution (e.g. University, NHS Trust). Requests must be for participants in clinical/academic research only.
  • You must provide evidence of ethical approval for the study you are requesting support for. 
  • For studies being completed as part of a qualification, the student(s) leading the project must be studying at Masters level or above.
  • The recruitment deadline must be four or more weeks away.

If you answered no to any of the criteria above, we are unable to support your request. 

Submitting a request

If you answered yes to all of the above criteria, please complete our participant request form (download this form to complete if using Google Chrome web browser) and return it to research@stroke.org.uk, along with:

  • Proof of ethical approval for the research.
  • A participant information sheet.
  • Any recruitment materials you have prepared.

We aim to respond to any enquiries within ten working days and to review request forms received within two working weeks. However, during busy periods there may be some delay to this. 

Further information

There may be times when we are unable to share opportunities due to limited capacity within our charity. Approval from the Stroke Association research team does not guarantee that colleagues in other teams will be able to share the opportunity. 

We would always recommend using us as just one channel for recruitment rather than the only one.

If you have any questions, please contact research@stroke.org.uk.