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Patient Trials Advocate

Make 2nds Count Patient Trial Advocate Service

Finding the right information about available clinical trials and understanding the associated complex information is a challenge for all secondary breast cancer patients. And so we have funded a trial of a new service in the NHS to raise awareness of clinical research and trials amongst patients with secondary breast cancer.

The Make 2nd Count Secondary Breast Cancer Patient Trials Advocate (PTA) is a senior research nurse with experience in secondary breast cancer and clinical trials. 

The role is initially being piloted in the South East of Scotland (Lothian, Borders, Livingston, Fife and Dumfries & Galloway), to help secondary breast cancer patients potentially find a clinical trial and to support them through the clinical trial process. Assuming the pilot is successful, we then hope to expand the service beyond the South East of Scotland before then end of 2021.  If you live outside the pilot area, and wish to find out more about clinical trials, please look at the information we have available on clinical trials, and speak to your medical team.

If you are a patient with metastatic breast cancer, under the care of the South East of Scotland and interested in seeking advice about a clinical trial, please complete the referral form below and book a slot to speak with Vivienne, our trials nurse.


If you have any questions about the Patient Trial Advocates, please look at the Q&A document.  If your question isn't answered, please email

Vivienne Wilson is a Senior Research Nurse based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and has worked in a number of cancer research nurse roles for over 17 years. In addition to her NHS Research Nurse Role, she is also the Senior Nurse for Cancer Research UK at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre and continues in this position, alongside her new Trials Advocate role.

“I’m excited to be working with Make 2nds Count and am keen to share my knowledge and experience of cancer research trials with patients and their families across the UK, whilst sharing the benefits clinical trials can offer patients. My aim is to help find suitable clinical trials for patients and to support them in discussing trials with their clinician”.