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PPI training

The National Institute for Health Research University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre in partnership with UCLPartners is running a programme of regular award-winning workshops for clinical academic researchers on patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.

The workshops, which are supported by the Wellcome Trust and open to researchers working in UCLPartners partnership organisations, are practical and the aim is to build up researchers’ skills in effectively involving lay people in the research process, from setting research priorities to designing protocols. 


 To book a place please see the schedule below and contact the PPI Helpdesk ppihelpdesk@ucl.ac.uk stating:

  • name of workshop
  • date of workshop
  • your name
  • job title and organisation
  • your departmental cost centre

There is no charge for attending a course, however we reserve the right to charge a £50 non-attendance fee if you fail to inform us 24 hours before the workshop that you won’t be attending.

Due to the limited spaces available for our PPI workshops, there will be an attendance fee for staff not based at UCL or one of our UCLPartners organisations.

The costs of attending the workshops as a non-member of UCL Partners are as follows:

For industry and for profit organisations:

£100 per workshop

For non-profit organisations:

£75 per workshops if booked individually

£50 per workshop if two or more workshops are booked at the same time


Current schedule

Note: all workshops will take place at Maple House, Tottenham Court Road.

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.

24 January - 2.30pm–4.30pm

Location: Maple House, Tottenham Court Road

7 March - 10.30am–12.30pm

Location: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery


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.

30 January - 2pm-4pm

Location: Institute of Education - Bedford Way, room W3.06

27 March - 2pm–4pm

Location: Maple House, Tottenham Court Road


How to involve patients in research: 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.

30 January - 10.30am–12.30pm

Location: Bentham House LG23 Tutorial Room in Bentham House

27 March - 9.30am–11.30am

Location: Maple House, Tottenham Court Road


How to fill in the PPI section of grant form

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.

25 February - 10.30am–12.30pm

Location: Eastman Dental Hospital

4 April - 9.30am–11.30am

Location: Maple House, Tottenham Court Road


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.

25 February - 2pm–4pm

Location: Eastman Dental Hospital