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How We Engage With Patients and the Public

We are committed to building partnerships with patients, carers and communities. This work is led by our engagement team (contact: and two staff working groups (Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Working Group and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Working Group).
Our activities fit into 3 broad categories:

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) – We collaborate with patients and carers as co-researchers and advisors, helping us to plan and carry out research. PPI helps us to:

  • Develop research questions which are relevant to patients.
  • Develop research funding applications.
  • Design research projects in a respectful way.
  • Consider what research findings mean for the public and the NHS.
  • Share results in a clear, accessible way.

An example of our PPI work is in Pressure Ulcer Research. Go to Patient and ///Public Involvement in Pressure Ulcer Research/// to find out more.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) – We recognise that some communities are underserved by health research, and we are doing work to address that. For example, by building relationships with community organisations and developing more inclusive research processes.

An example of our EDI work is: ////The Reaching Out Project: Gypsy and Traveller led research partnerships///.

Public Engagement – We create events and materials which aim to start public conversations about health research. For example, introducing people to clinical trials and sharing our research findings.

An example of our public engagement work is “The Chocolate Trial”.