Invitation to tender

Gut Reaction would like to invite training professionals to tender proposals to work with us to develop Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) training.

About Gut Reaction

Gut Reaction is a research project that brings together data from thousands of people living with Crohn’s and Colitis. Supported by a patient advisory committee (PAC), our PPI strategy focuses on ways to involve the wider community.  Appropriate training has the potential to strengthen our PPI. Currently no specific PPI training exists for patients involved in health data projects. 

As such, Gut Reaction are seeking someone with experience in the field of PPI training development and health data to develop three online PPI training modules.

The modules should cover the following topics: 

  • Getting started in PPI  
  • Scenarios of PPI in Research  
  • Understanding health data research 

More information can be read in this “Invitation to Tender” document.  

Key dates 

11th December 2020 Submission deadline  
21st/22nd December 2020  Interviews 
7th January 2020  Start date of project  
29th January 2020  Produce a mock-up of modules 1 & 2 for feedback. Present project plan for module 3 for sign off  
15th March 2020  Delivery of modules 1 & 2. Present mock-up of module 3 for sign off 
30th March 2020  Deliver module 3 

We very much hope to hear from you with a submission.

Please support us by sharing this opportunity!

If you have any questions, please send us an email.   

Gut Reaction features at IBD Patient & Public Involvement in Research event

23 October 2020


We are so proud to have taken part in Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s Patient and Public Involvement in Research Day. It was a really exciting event where the latest Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research was discussed and valuable insights were shared between researchers, clinicians, and patients.


The event was made up of two elements:

1) live presentations and open discussion over Zoom, and,

2) interactive online ‘virtual posters’.

We presented our own virtual poster, as did our partners at the NIHR IBD BioResource and the IBD Registry. The feedback form is still open on these posters, so check them out and let us know your thoughts by 17 November.

“We owe huge thanks to Gut Reaction, NIHR IBD BioResource and the IBD Registry, who formed an integral part of our interactive poster session. We hope patient input will help them inform and improve their exciting projects.” Dr Jane Fraser, Research Programme Officer, Crohn’s & Colitis UK said.

Patient involvement

Gut Reaction really values the input and expertise of people with Crohn’s and Colitis at events such as this. We believe that patients will play a vital role in our achievements in research.

Indeed, people with Crohn’s and Colitis are right at the centre of Gut Reaction. For example, our patient advisory committee make sure the patient voice is driving the work of Gut Reaction. Ultimately, patient input will shape the way that Gut Reaction works, thereby enabling researchers to fast track our knowledge on Crohn’s and Colitis, leading to better treatments and care, and maybe even a cure.

“A very interesting day. It’s reassuring for all that there are so many health researchers interested in investigating areas that may help improve outcomes.

“Regardless of the pandemic, I think the virtual format allows those with IBD who find travelling difficult to still directly take part.” A research involvement event attendee said.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the event, all these presentations, discussions, surveys, and ‘virtual posters’ and are now available on the Crohn’s & Colitis UK website, or you can find out more in this news story.

Blog: Taking part in health data research

Members Rosanna and Joanne talk about their experience on Gut Reaction’s Patient Advisory Committee.

4 August 2020

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Guest Blog:

How health data research could help patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Written by Rosanna Fennessy, Patient Representative.

14 January 2020


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