Involving patients and the public in research

Help us to ensure that our work addresses the issues that are important to the public

Public involvement in research is research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. This includes, for example, working with research funders to prioritise research, offering advice as members of a project steering group, commenting on and developing research materials, undertaking interviews with research participants.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is fundamental to the work of the Bristol BRC. Asking for advice from the public helps ensure the research we undertake is relevant to patients and asks the questions they want to ask. We know we don’t have all the answers which is why we need you.

More about getting involved

How: There are many ways you could get involved. Sometimes we want to hear from people with a specific health condition and sometimes we are simply looking for someone with an opinion. Either way, we’d like to hear from you and if you’d like to help, we probably have just the job for you.

Commitment: This is up to you and depends on how much time you have. You may just want to spend an occasional hour at home looking over an information leaflet or you may want to get your teeth into something more in-depth and long-term requiring many meetings.

Payment and expenses: We don’t do this for free, so we don’t expect you to. We will reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses such as travel and we will pay you for the work you do.

Get in touch: If you’d like to find out more please contact Mike Bell either by email or by telephone 0117 342 1249 or 07751 152 009

Young people

You are never too young to get involved in improving health. Our Young People’s Advisory Group provides an opportunity for academics and clinicians working on research about young people to have their work critically evaluated by the very people they are researching. It is a great opportunity to learn about research and influence the way it is done.

If you are between 10 and 18 and think you’d like to join the group, contact Mike by email or by telephone 0117 342 1249 or 07751 152 009