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Patient and public involvement in research

The BRC expects investigators wherever possible to actively involve patients and the public in their research.

We support researchers with patient and public involvement (PPI) by providing training, advice and signposting to further resources. For more information on sources of help see the links to the right.

As part of the BRC’s commitment to PPI in research, we offer a consultancy service to help researchers design, develop and deliver PPI plans and activities for their research.  Contact Dr Erin Walker erin.walker@ucl.ac.uk, PPI manager, for an appointment for bespoke PPI advice. 

Why involve patients or the public in research?

The active involvement of patients and the public in research can lead to treatments that better meet the needs of users and the public, and research results that are more likely to be put into practice.

Researchers who make the involvement of users and the public an inherent part of their research also gain a huge source of practical help and solutions.

Patients and the public can:

  • look at research from a practical point of view and make positive recommendations, suggesting for instance more meaningful and reliable outcome measures, effective timing, improved recruitment procedures
  • help improve the language and accessibility of patient information and invitation letters
  • provide access to different communities
  • act as advocates and disseminators of research findings.

Click here for examples of PPI in our research