The University College London Hospitals (UCLH) / University College London (UCL) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) provides regular PPIE training sessions for researchers. The award-winning sessions build up researchers’ skills and confidence in involving lay people in activities, including setting research priorities and designing protocols. Evaluation in BMJOpen (Yu et al. 2021) showed marked increases in researchers’ PPIE confidence after our training.
We offer 5 modules, including an introduction to PPIE and sessions on running focus groups, finding people and filling in grant applications. You can attend all 5 modules to build up knowledge progressively or you can pick the one that best suits you.
Who is the training for?
All researchers – Our training, which is currently being held remotely, is open to biomedical research researchers and staff across the UK and internationally. Please see charges for external staff below.
UCL and UCLH staff – The training is part of UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme and UCL post docs earn career points for attending.
This session is for anyone new to PPI. Learn what patient and public involvement is all about, and how it can help your research. Pick up some of the basics of incorporating patient involvement into your work.
– Wednesday, 25 Jan 2023 10:00am-12:30
– Thursday, 16 Feb 2023 10:00am-12:30
– Wednesday, 15 Mar 2023 10:00am -12:30
– Wednesday, 26 Apr 2023 10:00am-12:30
– Thursday, 25 May 2023 10:00am-12:30
This session is for anyone struggling to work PPI into their funding applications. Learn what funders are looking for, and at what stage of applying for funding you should be seeking patient input.
– Wednesday, 25 Jan 2023 14:00-16:30
– Wednesday, 22 Feb 2023 10:00-12:30
– Wednesday, 15 Mar 2023 14:00-16:30
– Wednesday, 26 Apr 2023 14:00-16:30
– Thursday, 25 May 2023 14:00-16:30
This session is for anyone looking to involve patients in their research. Learn where to go to find people who will get involved, and how to help them remain engaged.
– Wednesday ,01 Feb 2023 14:00-16:30
– Wednesday, 01 Mar 2023 10:00am-12:30
– Wednesday, 22 Mar 2023 10:00am -12:30
– Thursday, 11 May 2023 10:00am-12:30pm
This session is for anyone looking to run workshops of focus groups. Learn how to get the most out of your meetings.
– Thursday, 09 Feb 2023 10:00am-12:30
– Wednesday, 01 Mar 2023 10:00am-12:30
– Wednesday, 29 Mar 2023 10:00am -12:30
– Thursday, 11 May 2023 14:00am-16:30
This session is for anyone who understands the role of PPI, and wants to put their learning into practice. The session examines PPI methods in depth, including cost, how to choose the right method for your project, and with a particular look at how to run a PPI focus group.
– Thursday, 09 Feb 2023 14:00-16:30
– Wednesday, 08 Mar 2023 10:00am-12:30
– Wednesday, 29 Mar 2023 14:00 -16:30
– Thursday, 18 May 3023 10:00am-12:30
We are delighted to offer a new workshop on Patient and Public Involvement in lab-based and early clinical research. Originally designed and held for researchers funded by the NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) in Stem Cells and Immunotherapies at UCL, this interactive workshop is now open to all and consists of two interrelated parts:
Part 1: Introduction to Patient and Public Involvement & research communication
You will learn:
– About the benefits of involving Patient and Public members in research and
– How to communicate your work to a patient and public audience.
Part 2: Patient and Public Involvement in action
Part 2 brings together researchers and members of the Patient & Public Research Panel to explore the many skills and lived experience that patients, carers and members of the public bring to research. In a question and answer session, Patient & Public Research Panel members will ask questions about your research and you can ask them about their background, views on elements of your work and thoughts about including Patient and Public Involvement in your current or future research.
” All early stage biomedical researchers need to be exposed to PPI training and activities”- BTRU early career researcher
Please note: You need to book both parts (1 and 2) as they build on each other. If you miss Part 1, you will be not able to attend Part 2. We will send you a preparation task one week before part 1 on the training. The task will help you to prepare and to make most out of the training.
Staff at UCL, UCLH and UCL partner organisations: Free
Staff from non-profit organisations: £30 per workshop (£25 per workshop if two or more are booked together)
Staff from industry and for-profit organisations: £60 per workshop (£50 per workshop if two or more are booked together).
We reserve the right to charge all non-attendees a £50 fee if they don’t cancel 24 hours before the workshop.
Book a place
Staff from external organisations should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name of workshop
- Date of workshop
- Your name
- Job title and Organisation
Practical guides to patient involvement
INVOLVE is a national advisory group on public involvement in the NHS and is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). Resources for researchers include an extensive range of publications, including:
- Tips sheet: Recruiting members of the public to get involved in research funding and commissioning processes – INVOLVE (2012) Tip sheet offering practical advice
- Involving the public in NHS, public health, and social care research: Briefing notes for researchers – INVOLVE (2020) Updated version of lengthy publication but with practical checklists on running committees, patient panels and other activities
- Tips sheet: How to incorporate public involvement in research funding and commissioning processes (2020)
- Payment for involvement – INVOLVE (2019) Detailed guide to paying patients and the public for their involvement, covering tax, welfare benefits national insurance and employment law issues
- Involving children and young people (INVOLVE 2016) top tips on reimbursement and consent issues
- Involvement activities with disabled people: How plan involvement activities with disabled people (Shaping Our Lives 2016)
- UCL Public Engagement Unit – The unit supports UCL staff organising public engagement activities. As well as toolkits and advice on evaluation, the unit offers funding through a small grants scheme. Beacon bursaries are available three times a year providing up to £2,000 per project. The unit also helps find external funding.
- The Research Design Service London: a small grant called the Enabling Involvement Fund at www.rds-london.nihr.ac.uk to help researchers to involve patients and the public early on in their research. Email: PPI@rdslondon.co.uk or phone 020 7848 6226
- People in Research: a website hosted by INVOLVE where you can advertise your research opportunities
- Standards for public involvement in research: A set standards for public involvement have been developed aimed at to improving quality and consistency of public involvement in research.
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