We are committed to actively and meaningfully involving and engaging patients and members of the public in developing, delivering and translating our research into practice. Our research teams enable and empower patients and the public to actively participate in partnership with researchers and healthcare professionals in order to conduct high quality research that is meaningful, inclusive and transparent.

Read our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy 2017-2019.

The key principles underpinning our involvement are based on core values of inclusivity, non-discrimination and respect. Transparency and openness of the research process is also essential to maintain public confidence and belief in the ability of translational research to improve healthcare.

Our Lay Leaders

Our involvement activity is led by four strategic Lay Leaders who are key members of the teams delivering the research themes. Their role is to advise on research strategy and constructively challenge team members about goals, methods and dissemination. They ensure the patient voice is represented in the research process and engage with local, regional and national groups and provide assurance that patients and the public are being appropriately involved in our research.

Read about our Lay Leader Naeem Sheikh’s recent visit to Accident and Emergency to see a new piece of technology in action.

Citizen participation group

Our citizen participation group is an opportunity to involve a larger group of people in our research. The citizen panel meets regularly to discuss our research but also uses different methods of communication such as email and social media to advise the Centre about its work.