Patient and Public Involvement Training Courses

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Patient and Public Involvement Training Courses

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.

Intro to PI: what can PPI do for you?

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

How to fill in the PPI section of grant forms and write a lay summary

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

How to find patient partners, and keep them involved

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

Facilitation: how to get the most out of your PPI activities

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

How to do PPI: focus groups and more

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

PPI in lab-based research and early clinical research

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 with the following information:

  • Name of workshop
  • Date of workshop
  • Your name
  • Job title and Organisation
UCL, UCLH and UCL Partners Booking Form

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:

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