Patient and Public Involvement

Patient and Public Involvement

There are many benefits to engaging and involving patients and the public in research. For example, it can help the right research to be funded and that research to be done better. It can help research results to make a difference to policy, services and behaviour. But for that to happen opportunities to get engaged and involved in research need to be accessible to everyone, not just the privileged few. These films and guidance notes can help you get started.

This short talk provides a brief introduction to public engagement and involvement, and an overview of when and how to engage and involve.

The Listening Series project aims to support researchers to engage and involve people who are currently under-represented in health research. Some 20 people took part in discussions to share their ideas and experiences. Their messages are captured in this film.

The themes identified in the film are summarised in the Listening Series: Guidance for Researchers. The booklet includes practical suggestions about how to make public and patient involvement in health research accessible and equitable for all groups in society.