Public involvement and engagement in research include patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services as well as people from organisations which represent those people. It does not include involvement from staff who have a professional role in health services. The principle underpinning public involvement is to promote research which is conducted with or by members of the public rather than to or about or for them (Involve 2012)
We all have a responsibility to ensure that health and social care services and the research that informs these services are built around the needs of the population. The Centre for BME Health aspires to assist and work in collaboration with organisations and researchers to maximise the benefits of engagement and involvement of the community in the development and implementation of their programmes to help address and reduce ethnic health disparities.
The Centre can assist colleagues activities in a number of ways including advertising events, organising and /or facilitating focus groups, meetings or awareness-raising events. We have established links to contacts in the community and community organisations and are able to offer local informal introductions or signposting to other organisations who may be able to help.
We have recruited and trained a panel of 15 lay community members who each have their own specialist areas of interest and themselves have strong links into communities. This community partners Panel is also available to assist with PPIe input into research design.
Designated officers will work with you to understand your requirements in order to propose and cost a programme of support.
If you’re a researcher and you would like support with Public Involvement and Engagement please complete and submit the Research Support Request form below:
For general enquiries about Public Involvement and Engagement, please get in touch: