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Become Community Researcher

We're here for you if you want to talk

0808 2080 888

[email protected]

Some types of blood cancer are three times more common in certain ethnic groups than in others, yet people from minority ethnic groups are less likely to take part in clinical trials.

We are developing a project to increase our understanding of why this is the case, and help us to improve access to ensure all communities have the best chance of survival.

But we need your help.

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Community Researcher role overview

Are you from a Black or Pakistani background and have been affected by blood cancer?

We need your help to make trials and research more accessible for your community.

Details of the Community Researcher role:

  • Reports to: The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP)
  • Remuneration: £98.63 per day (London Living Wage of £13.15 per hour; plus expenses)
  • Duration: 29 July 2024 - 30 April 2025, with the possibility of extension
  • Commitment: Approximately 20 hours per month, with the possibility of extension
  • Location: London
  • Application deadline: 20 July 2024. Interviews will happen on a rolling basis.

What you'll do

  • Attend Community Researcher virtual training sessions
  • Engage with people who have been affected by blood cancer living in your local community
  • Co-create a safe space for those involved in the project
  • Co-develop workshop and listening session content with TSIP
  • Co-design workshop materials
  • Attend and co-facilitate at in-person and digital workshops
  • Attend virtual meetings with the wider team to discuss findings.

Who we are looking for


  • From a Black or Pakistani background
  • A connection to cancer or blood cancer - this can be through family, friends or your own experience
  • Live or be working in London and be able to work in the UK
  • Over the age of 18
  • A trusted member of the community who has links and is connected with local groups
  • Someone who is able to create safe space for people to speak and share views.


  • Passionate about health inequality, cancer or blood cancer
  • Direct lived experience of blood cancer
  • Knowledge of a community language

You do not need to have a background in research to apply. For further information about the requirements for the role, please read the role description.

If you require support with your application or have questions, please email Veronica: [email protected].

The project


Evidence shows that people from minority ethnic groups are less likely to take part in medical studies and tests, including those for treating blood cancer. This is partly due to people from these minority ethnic groups not knowing about opportunities to join clinical trials, as well as a lack of culturally relevant support and information from healthcare professionals.

The underrepresentation of ethnic minority groups means that it's more difficult to understand how treatments might affect these groups of people differently.


We'll conduct workshops with members of the Black and Pakistani communities, healthcare professionals and researchers to better understand what stops people from these communities from joining clinical trials. We're focusing on these ethnic groups because some types of blood cancer are more common in these communities.

We'll use the findings from these workshops to co-design tools with the community to test and learn. Throughout the project, we'll be leaning on our Steering Group of professionals and community members to ensure the products developed are useable across the UK and adaptable for all minority ethnic groups.

Get in touch

Want to learn more or interested in hearing about future opportunities to get involved? Please contact our Programme Manager Rimsha Hameed; [email protected]

Our partners

This project was made possible by the generous funding from Bristol Myers Squibb.

To help deliver this project we've partnered with The Social Innovation Partnership (TSIP). They work to ensure that people and organisations have the knowledge, access and power they need to drive positive change in the places they choose and on the issues that affect them. Their way of working is rooted in a unique service design and co-production approach, which combines elements of human-centred design done with and by communities, systems thinking and continuous learning.

See their Theory of Change for more insight on their approach to reimagining a fair society.

A word from The Social Innovation Partnership

"As a diverse team of technical and community specialists that supports our partners to engage underserved communities in the design and delivery of various funds and programmes (which, at their very heart, are about widening access, inclusion and addressing issues of power), we are excited to join Blood Cancer UK to co-design a new scheme to address racial disparities in accessing Blood Cancer clinical trials in the UK. If you want to learn more, or give feedback about this process, please contact us.".

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Clinical trials: How we're going to make sure everyone's included

In 2021, we funded research to look into why so few patients from minority ethnic groups take part in UK clinical trials, and how we can address this.

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Information for the Black community

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