Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

Patient, Carer and Public Involvement and Engagement is the creation of a partnership between patients and the public and researchers, to try to make the research process more effective. 

For some time now it has been considered good practice to involve patients, carers and the public in research. The involvement of patients, carers and the public in research can lead to the development of more relevant research questions and many funding bodies, such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), now ask if patient and public involvement has been part of the research process. 

The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) will ask about plans for public involvement in your research if you apply for ethical approval.

Funders also wish to see how researchers have collaborated with patients and the public and how patient needs and expectations have been incorporated into research plans.

Examples of patient and public involvement are:

  • commenting on research proposals/applications
  • as co-applicants on a research project
  • involvement in identifying research priorities
  • helping inform the design of data collection tools, for example, piloting a questionnaire
  • as members of a project advisory or steering group
  • commenting and developing patient information leaflets or other research materials

The development of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), and in particular the HSRC’s success in partnership working on major grant applications, has led to an increased and unmet need for PPI.

A Patient, Carer and Public Involvement and Engagement (PCPIE) Working Group, based at the RCoA and reporting through the HSRC, has been set up to provide patient and public involvement to support researchers in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.

The PCPIE Working Group formed in July 2013 consists of members selected from the RCoA’s Lay Committee who have an interest in clinical research.  Please visit the HSRC website to find out more and to read about what we can offer.