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Support for Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E): New programme of activities beginning September 2018!

posted 30 Aug 2018, 09:48 by Rachel Dickinson   [ updated 8 Mar 2019, 06:40 ]
Over the last 4 years our Research Support Group, which is co-ordinated through VOICE, has supported researchers with their public involvement. The group, formed of research active citizens, has provided feedback on research proposals and lay summaries and this has contributed to grant and project success for a number of our researchers.

“The Research Support Group have been absolutely brilliant and I feel very privileged to work with them. I have involved them in several of my research projects so far. Members of VOICE are on my Trial Steering Committees of major clinical trials from Newcastle including the British Heart Foundation SENIOR RITA trial; they have helped shape the patient information sheets for research studies and have provided their valuable insight from patient/lay member perspective on the research topic and even the design of the study."

We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic enthusiastic group who are willing to work with doctors/researchers like me in Newcastle to help shape the care we provide to our patients through clinical research”.
Dr Vijay Kunadian, Clinical Research Fellow   

Our members also really value the opportunity to meet with researchers and contribute to the cutting-edge research taking place:

“The breadth of topics covered in the Research Support Group has been so wide that I feel more in tune with current and future developments across society. It has been an excellent learning opportunity”.
Research Support Group member   

To ensure that we continue to effectively involve and engage patients, carers and public in research, we are evolving the group and launching a new programme of activities to support you:

  • to obtain early patient and public involvement (PPI) in your research, including feedback on your lay summary and project proposal from a cohort of research active citizens
  • to host an event, debate or lecture as part of our “Research Matters” public engagement programme. We will live stream events through our VOICE digital platform
  • to provide feedback to patients, carers and the public to enable you to demonstrate the impact that patient and public involvement has had on your research
  • with a programme of training and bespoke one-to-one advice on all aspects of patient and public involvement and engagement

The group will meet from 10:00-15:15 on the first Wednesday of every month starting September 2018

If you would like to consult the group please complete the form at:

Further information


Telephone: 0191 208 1287