Category: Get Involved!
At the Cambridge Clinical Research Facility, we are really keen to hear your views about the research we conduct.
There are lots of different ways you can get involved, view some of the studies we run at the CCRC.
Read our Strategy and Objectives for 2017-22 to find out how we are involving and engaging patients and the public in our work.
How you can help
We want patients and members of the public to be actively involved in the research we do. This means more than simply taking part in a study.
What is important is that you have personal knowledge or experience of health conditions, illness or health care services and have an interest in shaping research.
There are all sorts of different ways of being involved, such as:
- attending workshops for researchers to discuss their research plans with them
- reading documents produced by researchers for the public to make sure everything is clearly explained and that they have thought about what might concern those taking part
- ensuring that any proposed research methods are appropriate
- offering advice on projects and research priorities
- being consulted to see if you interpret the results of a study in the same way as the research team
- spreading the word about the outcomes of research
- helping to ensure the results of research are implemented in the NHS
- helping to develop patient information for new services or interventions
- collaborating with researchers to evaluate the research process
We follow UK standards for Public Involvement.
UK Standards for Public Involvement
• A framework for what good public involvement in research looks like and are adaptable to different situations.
• Designed to encourage reflection and learning, including where lessons have been learned when public involvement has failed to lead to expected outcomes.
• A tool to help people and organisations identify what they are doing well, and what needs improving.
• Intended to be used with any method or approach to public involvement in research.
Work experience placements
Please keep checking our website for the latest information on work experience opportunities at the NIHR Cambridge CRF.
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Tell us your story!
We are also interested in hearing from you if you have taken part in any research at the Clinical Research Facility and would be happy to tell us of your experience.
Public reviewing with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
An interactive online course is available for new and experienced reviewers of health and social care research, which has been produced by a team of public reviewers and patient and public involvement professionals with the NIHR. More information here.
Want to find out more?
We have a dedicated Patient & Public Involvement team, and we would be more than happy to talk to you about what is involved and answer any questions you may have. Please get in touch if you have a story to tell about why you have participated in one of our research studies or would like to join our panel, please email us.