PPI opportunities

This page has the latest PPI training and opportunities for involvement for researchers, patients and the public living in and around Cambridge.

Please note that these are external events and the CUH PPI Team is not involved with their organisation or management, unless otherwise stated.

If you have any questions, please reach out via the avenues provided for each opportunity.

All information on this page is updated weekly and is current as at 29 February 2024.

Patient taking part in research


Volunteer for Cambridge Online lunchtime Fair – you’re needed more than ever!

Tuesday 5 March 12:30-14:00 Online

Calling all volunteers and potential volunteers. Come along to Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service’s (CCVS) Online Volunteer Fair!

Sign up to pop into the Fair to find out what opportunities are on offer from local organisations.

Book: https://bit.ly/VolunteerFairMarch24

Cambridge Festival – Health Data event for 16+

A hybrid event on Thursday 14 March from 5:30-7pm at the William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Cambridge School of Medicine, Cambridge Biomedical Campus CB2 0SP

This event will focus on using health data in research. We will be exploring the theme ‘No Simple Choices – Privacy and Consent in Health Data Research.’ Join us either in person at the University of Cambridge Clinical School or virtually from the comfort or your own home.

Booking is essential, so secure your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Discovering research with NIHR Cambridge BRC!

Free event suitable for all ages, 11am-4pm on Saturday, 16 March at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0SZ.

Did you know that medical research is happening all over the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, though you probably won’t ever see it going on! But behind the scenes, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals are working on important research to help sick people get better.

To help you visualise the stages involved, visit us during the Cambridge Festival and take part in our giant board puzzle with places to visit and clues to solve. Prizes for all puzzle-solvers!

There’s no need to book – just turn up on the day.

Involvement opportunities 

Public/Patient Voice Partner: hospital experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Were you impacted by visitor restrictions, delays in care or hesitation in contacting healthcare services during the COVID 19 pandemic? Can you help researchers understand both the harmful and beneficial (if any) impacts that the restrictions and delays had on you and your family? 

To register your interest in being involved, please fill in this form: https://forms.office.com/e/bibPWh0ZmC

If you have any questions beforehand, email: ppie-hospital-impacts@mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk

Heart Research Workshop – Using turned down Organs from transplantation

15 March 2024, 12:30-15:00 in the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

A group of academics and transplanters with an interest in using turned-down hearts for transplantation are looking at how these can be used in research. They believe that these hearts offer an immensely valuable gift and could revolutionise how we discover new therapies – and would like to hear the public’s opinion on this work to shape how they progress going forward. The afternoon will be catered and will start with three 10-minute talks followed by a break. After this attendees will break into small groups to understand the public’s view on this work.

Please contact jol20@cam.ac.uk for further details.

The SUN Network

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have an opportunity for lay members to take part in some research, and would like to invite people with lived experience to join a workshop to discuss research on risk prediction in early psychosis.

If you’re interested please contact Emanuele Osimo at efo22@cam.ac.uk

Participation opportunities

Volunteers needed for South Asian Health Foundation

South Asians have a high risk of diabetes and the South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) wants to understand how this can be reduced. The Foundation is investigating the way in which exercise can influence how your muscles control blood sugar levels.

If you are a South Asian man aged 30-65 years old, please contact Shereif: shereif.kholeif@glasgow.ac.uk

Study for black parents who are expecting: your voice matters

Calling expectant Black parents! Take part in a research study by the team at the Anna Freud Centre around your experiences adjusting to pregnancy. Your voice matters!

To learn more and take part, contact Vanessa.Kudrnova@annafreud.org