NI Cancer Research Consumer Forum

Get involved

The NI Cancer Research Consumer Forum (NICRCF) was established in 2011. It is composed of a group of patients and carers affected by cancer who have an interest in shaping cancer research and working in partnership with cancer researchers. The NICRCF meets 4 times a year within the Belfast Trust, however members are recruited on a volunteer basis and are therefore free to engage in other PPI activities and research to an extent they are comfortable with. There are a number of opportunities to get involved including reviewing patient information and/or proposals for grant applications, and also the opportunity to be part of a research project committee.

Project overview

Cancer research is continuously developing throughout our hospitals and universities in Northern Ireland and beyond. Since 2011, the NI Cancer Research Consumer Forum (NICRCF) has worked with researchers with the objective of enhancing the quality of research for patient benefit. Every year there is an increasing number of new cancer research proposals, on-going projects and clinical trials, all of which NICRCF members can contribute to through collaborating/consulting directly with researchers. We aim to increase the membership of the NICRCF, and actively encourage you to get in touch to find out more about opportunities to get involved.

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Training and support opportunities are available and expenses incurred a result of engagement are covered according to HSC policy. The NICRCF is facilitated by the NI Cancer Trials Network.



Register your interest

Anyone who is interested in getting involved is welcome to meet with the Chairperson of the NICRCF, Margaret Grayson, and Ruth Boyd, the PPI Lead for the NI Cancer Trials Network. Please e-mail to request a brief application form.