Public Engagement

Patient talking to doctor

Public Engagement at LICTR

Public engagement is a broad heading used to describe the variety of ways we interact and work with the public. This ranges from the patients who take part in our trials, to disseminating results to the public. Members of the public also collaborate with us as co-researchers; this is often referred to as Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

Patient and Public Involvement in Research

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research means working with members of the public to plan and carry out research. We are committed to engaging with members of the public throughout our research activities. This includes working with the public to:

· Set research priorities
· Develop funding applications
· Design research
· Manage research
· Interpret findings
· Disseminate results

LICTR has developed an infrastructure to help facilitate meaningful PPI throughout our research. We have an institute wide PPI policy and guideline, which are supported by a Patient and Public Involvement Officer. Many of our Trial Managers and Co-ordinators also have expertise in this area. We have been recognised at a national level for our high quality and innovative PPI. One example of this is the service user network set up to support our pressure ulcer studies. For more information about this group please visit the PURSUN website.

Links and resources

INVOLVE http://www.invo.org.uk/ - A national advisory body for public involvement in research. Part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/

The Research Design service Patient and Public Involvement handbook (a good introduction for people new to the topic) - http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/how-we-can-help-you/RDS-PPI-Handbook-2014-v8-FINAL.pdf