PPI Training

The BRC provides regular PPIE training sessions for researchers.

The award-winning sessions build up researchers’ skills and confidence in involving lay people in activities, including setting research priorities and designing protocols. Evaluation in BMJOpen (Yu et al. 2021) showed marked increases in researchers’ PPIE confidence after our training.

We offer 5 modules, including an introduction to PPIE and sessions on running focus groups, finding people and filling in grant applications. You can attend all 5 modules to build up knowledge progressively or you can pick the one that best suits you. ​​​​​​

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Who is the training for?

All researchers

Our training, which is currently being held remotely, is open to biomedical research researchers and staff across the UK and internationally. Please see charges for external staff below.

UCL and UCLH staff

The training is part of UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme and UCL post docs earn career points for attending.


Staff at UCL, UCLH and UCL partner organisations: FREE

Staff from non-profit organisations: £40. £10 discount on each workshop when you book more than one in a single transaction.

Staff from industry and for-profit organisations: £75. £10 discount on each workshop when you book more than one in a single transaction.

We reserve the right to charge all non-attendees a £50 fee if they don’t cancel 48 hours before the workshop.

Please contact ppihelpdesk@ucl.ac.uk for all queries regarding our PPI workshops.

Workshop summary

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.

  • Thursday 9th May 2024, 10am - 12.30pm

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.

  • Thursday 16 May 2024, 10am - 12.30pm

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.

  • Thursday 23 May 2024, 10am - 12.30pm

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

  • Thursday 30 May 2024 2pm - 4.30pm

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.

  • Thursday 6 June 2024, 2pm - 4.30pm

We are delighted to offer a new workshop on Patient and Public Involvement in lab-based and early clinical research. Originally designed and held for researchers funded by the NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) in Stem Cells and Immunotherapies at UCL, this interactive workshop is now open to all and consists of two interrelated parts:

Part 1: Introduction to Patient and Public Involvement & research communication

You will learn:

  • About the benefits of involving Patient and Public members in research and
  • How to communicate your work to a patient and public audience.

Part 2: Patient and Public Involvement in action 

Part 2 brings together researchers and members of the  Patient & Public Research Panel to explore the many skills and lived experience that patients, carers and members of the public bring to research. In a question and answer session, Patient & Public Research Panel members will ask questions about your research and you can ask them about their background, views on elements of your work and thoughts about including Patient and Public Involvement in your current or future research.

All early stage biomedical researchers need to be exposed to PPI training and activities"- BTRU early career researcher 

Please note: You need to book both parts (1 and 2) as they build on each other. If you miss Part 1, you will be not able to attend Part 2. We will send you a preparation task one week before part 1 on the training. The task will help you to prepare and to make most out of the training.

Book a place

Please fill in the form below to book a place.


You can pay for your workshop either via PO or BACS, please note VAT may be applicable:

Purchase Order:
If UCLH is listed as a supplier with your organisation, please send a Purchase Order made out to University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with the following information:

  • Name(s) of course participant
  • Date and Title of Course(s)

If UCLH is not a supplier, we would prefer a BACS payment, please see below.

BACS Payment:
UCLH NHS Foundation Trust cannot currently accept payment by credit card.
You can make the payment by BACS directly into our account using a reference that the PPI team will provide.
For more information on this method please contact the PPI Team: ppihelpdesk@ucl.ac.uk

Please note this form cannot be submitted unless BACS payment has been completed. Please ensure transfer of funds at least 5 working days prior to the workshop

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