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. 

PPI Strategy

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.

Join Us

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

PPI Panel member Barbara

Being part of the PPI group has proved an extremely rewarding experience and provided a sense of contributing something of real value, no matter how small that might be. It is a very positive and socially stimulating experience.

Barbara, PPI member

PPI Panel member Charles

I joined because of my long-term interest in health.

If you think you might enjoy expressing your opinions on health research you should join the panel.

Charles, PPI member

PPI Panel member Karen

The CUH PPI panel is a great opportunity to get a broader feel for what’s happening in health research in Cambridge – and to have a say in that research – especially after my several experiences as a patient.

Karen, PPI member

Meet our Patient and Public Involvement team

Dr Amanda Stranks

Dr Amanda Stranks, PPI/E and Communications
Strategy Lead

Georgina Norris, Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator

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If you would like to join or find out more, please complete the enquiry form below

Enquiry form


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