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Patient and Public Involvement panel

Join our Patient and Public Involvement panel

Research is not all about taking part in clinical trials and drug treatments, there are other ways you can be involved to make a difference to the medical research of the future. Here's one thing you could do...

Research is central to Cambridge University Hospital’s (CUH) identity as a leading NHS hospital and development as an academic research centre.   

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge has over 800 research projects currently on-going. Researchers need involvement from you to let them know what you think of their studies. 

The NIHR Cambridge BRC has a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) panel of 80+ volunteers who contribute to research. They talk about their experiences, reviewing documents, join focus groups or commenting on research proposals. We are now looking to expand our panel.

No prior experience or specialist knowledge is required and you can be of any age and from any background. All you need is a desire to get involved and contribute to make the research we do as relevant and accessible as possible.

How does it work?

When you join the panel we will ask you for some basic information about yourself and your particular area of interest in medical or social research. Once we have this information we’ll try and match you with studies Some of the members at a PPI eventand offer opportunities which we hope you will find rewarding.

Being part of the panel will give you an insight to the current work that is happening here at the heart of CUH.

All work will be sent to you electronically or via the post. The studies you will receive will depend on the research that is happening at the time. 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.

For more information about the PPI panel and how you could help our researchers is available on the NIHR Cambridge BRC website here, or to become a member of the panel, please contact: ppi@addenbrookes.nhs.uk 

Or write to:
Anna Ellis Patient & Public Involvement Officer, 
NIHR Rare Diseases, Barton House,
Level 5, Box 406, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge. CB2 0QQ

Or phone on: 01223 254620