Patient Public Involvement
NIHR’s INVOLVE defines PPI in research as research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public, rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.
In the UK, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has recognised the value of patient insight, and requires researchers with public funding to involve patients and the public throughout the research process. The PLRH works closely with the Cambridge BRC PPI team, but there are many opportunities for involvement (national bodies listed below).
If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial as a participant, please visit UK Clinical Trials Gateway. This website provides accessible information for all registered clinical research trials running in the UK. It’s designed to link patients and their clinicians with trials of interest. It’s important to realise that each trial has strict eligibility requirements, so you’ll have to be referred by your doctor and then screened by the research team before taking part. The PLRH cannot register you for a trial.