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How do I involve patients in research?


As part of the BRC’s commitment to Patient Involvement in research, we offer a number of support services to help researchers design, develop and deliver Patient Involvement plans and activities for their research.

We offer researchers:

Workshops - we run free workshops for researchers based at UCL or UCL partner organizations on PPI, on a range of topics, including:

  • Introduction to Patient Involvement​ - Get started with the theory of Patient Involvement and lots of practical ideas. 
  • How to fill in the Patient Involvement​ section of a grant form - What do funders expect when they ask you about Patient Involvement? How can you use this to make your research better? 
  • Finders keepers? - How to access and sustain patients and the public for involvement in research.
  • Facilitation skills for Patient Involvement​ - For researchers who want to run one-off discussions with groups of patients and the public.

See our upcoming training schedule to book your place

Funding – in our ground-breaking scheme, researchers are invited to apply for one of two types of grant to help embed high quality Patient Involvement in their research.

The aim of the fund is to not only embed Patient Involvement in the research process across UCL/UCLH biomedical research but also to make sure Patient Involvement has a beneficial impact on research and is a good experience for both the public and researchers.

Researchers are invited to apply for one of two types of grant:

  • Patient Involvement starter grant – up to £500 to support researchers to begin actively involving patients and the public in their research.
  • Patient Involvement innovation grant – up to £2,000 to support researchers to involve patients and the public in an innovative way which will have a wider impact on the practice of Patient Involvement.

See our Patient Involvement​ bursary page for more information, including eligibility, guidelines and how to apply.

Advice - we offer a Patient Involvement consultancy service to help researchers to embed Patient Involvement into their research. We can connect you with our network of Patient Involvement representatives to be involved in your research.

Get in touch with our dedicated Patient Involvement team, for advice and support on:

  • Identifying Patient Involvement activities to meet the specific needs of your research
  • Finding the right people to involve and when to involve them
  • Connecting with our network of patients and public members
  • Evaluating the impact of involvement in your research

Contact our dedicated PPI team on ppihelpdesk@ucl.ac.uk for an appointment for bespoke PPI advice.