According to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, “Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.”

Here are some of the areas we work in. To find out more about any of these activities or to discuss other ways you’d like to work with the public, please contact Claire O’Neill, Public Engagement Project Manager on claire.oneill@gstt.nhs.uk

If you are working to include patients and the public in the research process, please see our PPI page.

Working with schools

We regularly run events which give school students the chance to take part in activities based on science and health research. By working across the university and hospitals we are able to showcase the interaction between science and medicine while providing fun and interesting activities that relate to real life.

Some of our bilingual researchers have taken part in Native Scientist workshops with children in their mother tongue. You can read about an example of this at a Spanish school here.

These events can be onsite at either Guy’s or St Thomas’ Hospital or at a school’s own campus. Please contact Claire O’Neill

Summer school

We also run a week long Summer School programme for 15/16 year olds every year. This year’s event will run in July. For more information click here.

International Clinical Trials Day

Each year, teams from all over the BRC come together to mark International Clinical Trials Day. Held on or around the 20th June, this event recognises the day in 1747 that James Lind, a ship’s surgeon aboard the HMS Salisbury, began his pioneering clinical trial into the causes of scurvy. You can read about this year’s events here.

Sharing results of trials

We also hold events to celebrate particular studies and to engage with the people who took part. For example, we invited people who took part in the DECISIONS and GAMBIT transplant studies to come in and hear about the findings from the research and how the work will help our patients. You can read more about this event here.

Our strategy

You can download our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy here and the implementation plan here.