Patient and Public Involvement in Research
Research has never been more important than during this COVID-19 Pandemic.
Essential research will continue and your responses and expertise will continue to be important for researchers. We continue to involve the public in our research through email responses and virtual ‘meetings’ so please get in touch if you would like to support this vital work.
Your opinion matters
We need Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) to help researchers do research that meets your needs. Without PPI, scientists plan their research based on what they think patients want and need. This can lead to studies that few people want to take part in, treatments that patients won’t like or information that people don’t understand. However, when patients and researchers work together, research is more likely to be acceptable, useful and easy to understand. Most importantly, your input gives researchers another point of view so that they can understand what priorities are most important to you.
At Cambridge BRC, we aim to involve the public in all our research by providing a range of options so that you can find one that suits you. Read more about our PPI Strategy.
The easiest way to get involved in health research in Cambridge is to join the Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) panel. You can find out more about the panel here.
Meet some of our panel members
Meet our Patient and Public Involvement team
Dr Amanda Stranks, PPI/E and Communications
Georgina Norris, Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator
Beth Vincent, Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator
If you would like to join or find out more, please complete the enquiry form below
The NIHR Cambridge BRC PPI team can offer:
- Advice and support
- Access to the CUH PPI panel – 70 lay members who can help you incorporate PPI into your research
- Training for research teams
- Other resources to help you embed PPI into your research
We have three roles currently available to members of the public based in the East of England:
Research Reader If you are interested in research and enjoy reading, this flexible role (with no travel required) could be for you. Please see our guide for more information.
Focus group, Steering group or Advisory Panel member If you enjoy meeting people and discussing a wide variety of research work, you may enjoy this role. See our guide for more information.
Panel Representative Our Panel Representatives join staff to support patient and public involvement at public events, as well as help shape the agenda for engagement. Email email@example.com for details.