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Personal and Public Involvement for Researchers


If you are a researcher thinking about involving people in your research as partners rather than subjects, we can help you by providing training, guidance around recruitment and access to resources.

For information and advice about PPI please contact: Gail Johnston (Programme Manager)


HSC R&D Division in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Centre deliver workshops on Building Research Partnerships.

The Building Research Partnerships Course is a one day course to provide you with a basic knowledge of and practical steps to implementing PPI in your own research. Ideally you will come with a service user or member of the public you have recruited as this course is aimed at you both as partners in the research process. However, if you haven’t already recruited someone this course will help you with practical steps to get started and dip your toe in the water.

The workshops use a quality assured train the trainer approach to explore the area of health and social care research as well as the various ways the public can be constructively involved in the research process as partners. They aim to strengthen mutual understanding and working relationships between researchers and the public, and support researchers in developing and delivering quality research that is accessible, acceptable and patient focused to benefit patients and Health and Social Care.

Evaluation has shown that the workshops:

  • have enabled capacity building at a local and national level
  • have led to a positive learning environment for participants
  • have helped to engage a group of professionals and public with a range of conditions and experience
  • have helped build partnerships which have the potential to have a measurable impact on practice



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General Information:

  • National Standards for PPI - The standards are the work of a Public Involvement Standards Development Partnership which brings together representatives including public contributors from the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales, the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland) and the National Institute for Health Research (England).


  • Engage - a website developed in partnership with staff, service users and carers designed to provide a wide range of information, guides and links to support Personal and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Recruitment Advert can be used and adapted for your own clinical area to advertise for service users and the public who may be interested in being involved in your area.
  • Guide to peer research with young people from one of the Bamford Implementation Commissioned Research Studies "Transitions & outcomes for care leavers with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities" Dr B Kelly (QUB)