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Patient and Public Involvement in Research

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What we do

  • The Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team support PenCLAHRC researchers and students to involve the public in their research projects.

  • We conduct and publish research on how best to involve members of the public in health policy, research and practice. 

  • Through teaching, workshops and creating resources, we help members of the public to develop their own research questions. 

  • Our Patient and Public Involvement Group (PenPIG) work alongside the PPI team to help maximise the benefits of health research. 

Download our flyer (PDF) for a brief introduction to the PPI team, what we can do for you and how we work with PenPIG. You can also read our UPDATED Strategic Plan for 2017-2018 including our background, aims, and priorities.

Who we are

The PPI Team are Kate BoddyKristin LiaboHelen BurchmoreEmma Cockcroft and Tanya Hynd, led by Professor Nicky Britten. To find out more about us, click on our names!

Why involve the public in research?

The experience that researchers and clinicians have of healthcare services often comes from a specialised and expert point of view. Patients and members of the public provide a different way of looking at things that can ground the discussion in practical experience. The lay perspective can make clear things that are so obvious the professionals have stopped noticing them and ask ‘naive’ but important questions that the experts are too well trained to think of.

Involving people in health and social care research is about giving the people who are meant to benefit from this research a say in shaping the research agenda. It requires lay people to be involved on an equal basis to academics and health care professionals. This includes not just participating in research that has been initiated by academics, but also in shifting the power balance so that users and carers can initiate research and work collaboratively with academics. 

How can I get involved? 

To get involved in our research, attend workshops, or join PenPIG, please contact the team via email. Your contact information will be kept private and will not be shared with anyone outside of PenCLAHRC.

Visit the Get involved page to see a list of current 'Calls for Involvement' with local healthcare-related organisations. 

Currently PenPIG does not have any free spaces, but we can add your name to a waiting list if you would like to be contacted when spaces become free. 

Resources and support for researchers

Although ultimately the PPI team are here to support PenCLAHRC projects, we may be able to give advice to external researchers. We hold free PPI Advice Clinics every month for researchers in Exeter and Plymouth. For the next available clinic in your area, please see the PenCLAHRC events page.

We have produced a range of information and resources that you may find helpful. Please visit our Resources page to find out more. If you have a request for information, templates or worked examples then please email us and let us know.


The PPI team and PenPIG have written a number of academic publications based on their work. Find a full list of papers on the PPI Publications page. 

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Upcoming Events


LKD Seminar: Staging evidence: the...

Room 2.13, South Cloisters, St Luke's campus, Exeter

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker: Kate Beckett, University of the West of England, Bristol Kate’s background...
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Creating Communications Seminar - ‘Reaching...

Exeter South Cloisters 3.06, Plymouth JBB MR8, Truro KSpa F10.

Speakers: Kirsty Heber-Smith and Tara Lamont Locations:  Exeter South Cloisters 3.06, Plymouth JBB MR8, Truro KSpa F10. Tara Lamont is deputy director of the NIHR Dissemination Centre  which promotes...
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Plymouth researchers are recruiting local smokers to major national study looking at reducing cigarette consumption

05 March 2018

A £1.8m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is looking for...
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Investigating the association between chronic heavy drinking and dementia

22 February 2018

PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Iain Lang, has commented on a new study published in The Lancet Public...
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Partner In Focus - South West Academic Health Science Network

17 January 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects