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*Due to the current UK situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding all scheduled workshops online*

The BRC runs a programme of regular workshops for researchers at UCL Partner organisations on patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.

The award-winning sessions build up researchers’ skills in involving lay people in activities including setting research priorities and designing protocols.

Attendees get career points as workshops are included in UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme. Workshops are supported by the Wellcome Trust.



Intro to PPI: what can PPI do for you?

This session is for anyone new to PPI. Learn what patient and public involvement is all about, and how it can help your research. Pick up some of the basics of incorporating patient involvement into your work.

  • Wednesday 08 September 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 
  • Wednesday 06 October 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 
  • Wednesday 03 November 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 


How to fill in the PPI section of grant form and write a lay summary

This session is for anyone struggling to work PPI into their funding applications. Learn what funders are looking for, and at what stage of applying for funding you should be seeking patient input.

  • Wednesday 15 September 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 
  • Wednesday 13 October 2021 10am - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 10 November 2021 2pm - 4:30pm  


How to find patient partners, and keep them involved​

This session is for anyone looking to involve patients in their research. Learn where to go to find people who will get involved, and how to help them remain engaged.

  • Wednesday 22 September 2021 10am - 12:30pm 
  • Wednesday 13 October 2021 2pm - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 17 November 2021 10am - 12:30pm  


Facilitation: how to get the most out of your PPI activities

This session is for anyone looking to run workshops of focus groups. Learn how to get the most out of your meetings.

  • Wednesday 22 September 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 
  • Wednesday 20 October 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 
  • Wednesday 17 November 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 


How to do PPI: focus groups and more

This session is for anyone who understands the role of PPI, and wants to put their learning into practice. The session examines PPI methods in depth, including cost, how to choose the right method for your project, and with a particular look at how to run a PPI focus group.

  • Wednesday 29 September 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 
  • Wednesday 27 October 2021 10am - 12:30pm 
  • Wednesday 24 November 2021 2pm - 4:30pm 



Workshops are free for staff at UCL, UCLH and UCLPartners organisations.

The costs of attending the workshops for other staff are as follows:

  • For industry and for-profit organisations: £60 per workshop (£50 per workshop if two or more are booked together)
  • For non-profit organisations: £30 per workshop (£25 per workshop if two or more are booked together)

We reserve the right to charge a £50 fee if you don’t let us know 24 hours before the workshop that you won’t be attending.


Book a place

Staff from UCL, UCLH and UCL Partners should fill in the form below.

If you are not staff from UCL, UCLH and UCL Partners, please submit your registration by emailing ppihelpdesk@ucl.ac.uk with the following information:

  • name of workshop
  • date of workshop
  • your name
  • job title and organisation
  • your departmental budget code

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