We can provide all the support you need to get patients and the public engaged in your research.

Located in the heart of London, our BRC serves a hugely diverse population, enabling us to conduct research on a wide range of diseases and medical conditions.

The benefits of engaging the local population in your research include:

  • The opportunity to discuss your research with a variety of audiences
  • Making your research more accessible to the local community
  • Promoting your research and helping to increase patient recruitment

There are a number of ways that the Patient and Public Involvement team can help you to engage with patients and members of the public from all backgrounds, at every stage of your research.

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Event support

If you would like to run your own activity or event, our Public and Community Engagement Manager, Jenny Cook, is on hand to provide consultancy services. Contact Jenny on jenny.cook@kcl.ac.uk for more information.

Training

We recognise the importance of engaging the public at the BRC and continually strive to increase our activities in local communities and facilities.

Part of this commitment involves us helping researchers to gain a deeper understanding of public engagement in relation to their work.

As a researcher you may wish to know more about the hidden benefits of public engagement or what difference your work made to the public who engaged with it. We can help you to learn more about these and other such important queries about public engagement in a number of ways:

Workshops
Our public engagement workshops enable researchers to learn more about patient and public involvement. If you are interested in an introductory session on public involvement, contact Jenny Cook on jenny.cook@kcl.ac.uk

BRC Workshop: Implementing Patient and Public Involvement

This is an introductory course for anyone wishing to find out about patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.  The session will cover practical aspects of involving patients and members of the public in the research process.

The course will cover the key issues and challenges of PPI and will provide participants with an understanding of the methods and resources available to involve patients and the public in various stages of the research process including the design, the grant application, management and dissemination.  Participants will be provided with real examples and advice on the key factors to consider when planning an implementing patient and public involvement, for example timescale, budget and objectives.  Participants will have the opportunity to talk to patients who have advised on research projects and ask questions relating to their own research projects.

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Help with grant applications

The Research Design Service (RDS) is a key component of the strategy to make the NHS research intensive and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and offers specialist patient and public involvement (PPI) advice to researchers applying for funding applications.

It can help researchers identify the specific PPI needs in their projects and provide feedback for developing effective PPI practice that is aligned to the expectations of funding bodies.

RDS London also provides financial support to researchers through its enabling involvement fund to facilitate the involvement of service users in the design of health and social care research.

For more information email ppi@rdslondon.co.uk.

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Useful resources

Research Councils UK
Information on the benefits of public engagement in enhancing your clinical research is available here from the Research Councils UK website.

Our BRC
Visit our library of resources for ideas, case studies and guidance on how to implement patient and public involvement in your research.

Other useful links

  • INVOLVE: for resources and evaluations of previous studies.
  • James Lind Alliance: for information about patient research priorities and resources.
  • People In Researchis a website where you can look for patients to get involved in your research and advertise your work.