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Local opportunities for Patient and Public Involvement

Could you help us make our research better for future patients?

Taking part in clinical trials is not the only way to make a positive impact on research.  We need you to share your experiences, opinions and feelings about our research and to tell us what research questions are really important to you.

Getting involved in this way also gives you a chance to see how research happens ‘behind the scenes’ and meet researchers in person, working together with research teams to make research more relevant and accessible to everyone.  

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and is a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge. With over 1,000 research projects currently on-going, researchers need your involvement to let them know what you think of their studies.

How can you get involved? PPI members

The NIHR Cambridge BRC has a thriving Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) panel of 80+ volunteers who are interested in research and want to make a difference. They talk about their experiences with researchers, review research plans, join focus groups and help researchers to write and talk about their work in ways that can be understood by everyone.

No prior experience or specialist knowledge is required and we need people of all ages and backgrounds, both with and without experience of health conditions to join the panel. All you need is an interest in medical research and a willingness to share your opinions.

How does it work?

If you would like to join the panel we will ask you for some basic information about yourself and what interests you about medical research. We will then try and match you with studies and opportunities as they become available.

All work will be sent to you electronically and the studies you will receive will depend on the research that is happening at that time. If you choose to participate in focus groups or panel meetings, your travel costs can also be reimbursed. You will not be under any obligation to assist in a study and can withdraw from the panel at any time. It will not affect any treatment you receive here at CUH.

More information about the PPI panel, getting involved and how you can help our researchers is available on the NIHR Cambridge BRC website here, or to become a member of the panel you can:

Email us at: ppi@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Write to us at:
Patient and Public Involvement Team
Box 406
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Hills Road, Cambridge
CB2 0QQ

Or phone us on: 01223 254620