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Involving the public in research

We can support researchers to involve patients, service user and the public in their research, through our Participate Network.

We aim to make it easier for researchers to involve people in their research studies. Public involvement in your research will have the following benefits:

  • Increased chances of funding success
  • Improved study design and recruitment
  • Relevant research that has an impact

Our Participate Network can connect researchers to people willing to participate in a variety of roles:

  • Research panels - panels of people with experience of chronic pain, carers, and people who struggle to keep active or lose weight can be facilitated quickly and easily.
  • Research partners - these are members of the public (with or without a specific health condition or interest) who are willing to sit on a steering groups or panel, comment on documents at home or help with recruitment or disseminating the results of research studies.
  • Research study participants - we can alert individual Network members who have told us they want to participate in research studies to recruitment calls that might be relevant to them. We can also publicise your study or trial here.

Our Advice and support service

We support and advise researchers on planning and conducting appropriate and meaningful public involvement activities. We offer a range of services to assist researchers in this:

  • Good practice guidance for involving service users – at all stages of the research process
  • Help with funding applications, plain English summaries and ‘patient friendly’ documents
  • Help and advice on accessing hard to reach groups
  • Links with service users, patient groups and condition specific organisations

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about how we can support you to involve the public in your research, get in touch.