Join our Patient and Public Involvement Panel

At the NIHR Imperial Clinical Research Facility at Hammersmith Hospital in West London we are carrying out a wide range of clinical trials looking at new ways of treating or preventing a wide range of conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and malaria.

Research Cycle GreyWe are fortunate to have many people taking part in our clinical trials, either because they or their family members have a condition being studied, or as healthy volunteers.

However, we’ve decided to take things a step further and not only have people taking part in our clinical trials, but also help design them.  The Imperial CRF PPI Panel is a group of people who help us improve the way we carry out research by sharing their thoughts and opinions on how clinical trials are run from a lay person’s point of view.

You can help us at all stages of the research cycle, from identifying topics for research, through to reviewing participant information sheets to make sure they are easy for people to understand, as well as to helping us share the results.

Activities members of the panel could be invited to take part in include:

  • Commenting/advising on PPI plans in research projects or suggesting PPI plans where there are none.
  • Designing and commenting on research materials such as drafts, research protocols, research funding applications, questionnaires, patient information sheets and consent forms including the use of lay language.
  • Identifying and facilitating ways that patients/members of the public are involved in research e.g. developing research tools and information, gathering and reviewing documentary evidence, analysing and interpreting the results of research.
  • Disseminating information, in other organisations or networks, writing progress reports or newsletters, lay summaries of research results, giving public talks, presenting at conferences and events, being a co-author on a journal article or newsletters.
  • Supporting researchers to evaluate the impact of patient and public involvement, e. recording short and long term impacts from your perspective, supporting the establishment of monitoring and evaluation PPI and PE mechanisms in research.
  • Advising on ways to recruit patients and members of the public to take part in clinical trials as participants.

Because people lead busy lives, many of our activities will take place online so you can complete them in your own time. You can also pick and choose the activities you wish to take part in. In return we will offer free training and support. If you are invited to travel to the ICRF for activities such as focus groups we will pay for your travel and related expenses.

If you would like to find out more, please call our Patient and Public Involvement Manager, on 020 3313 1312, or complete our PPI Registration Form

Download a copy of our leaflet, How you can make a difference in clinical research (PDF)

You can view our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy 2017- 2022 here.