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Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI&E)

CEIDR directly serves the people of Liverpool and the UK – with global reach and relevance. As a system we work as part of a wider network of strong and established public and patient involvement and engagement groups that continually enrich the value and impact of our work.

What is public and patient involvement and engagement (PPIE)?

Public involvement in research is defined as "research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them" (NIHR).

Examples of public and patient involvement activity include working with researchers to develop or comment on research materials, providing advice as members of a project steering group, and undertaking elements of research (e.g. conducting interviews with participants).

Public engagement is defined as "where information and knowledge about research is provided and disseminated" (NIHR).

Examples of public engagement activity include disseminating the findings of a study to research participants, colleagues or members of the public, raising awareness of research through media such as television programmes, newspapers and social media and open days at research centres where members of the public are invited to find out about research.

CEIDR engages and involves people and patients in its research. We use creative approaches to involve people in research who are underserved, seldom heard and who offer different and valuable perspectives.

Professor Tom Solomon has been hosting the Scouse Science podcast series, discussing Coronavirus and its impact on science and society in Liverpool. Tom talks with leading Liverpool researchers and professionals about the scientific progress being made in the city to tackle the virus, and chats about the wider impact of the pandemic with local experts.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in getting involved in this work or you would like more information please contact Jan Nugara, Head of Strategy – CEIDR,

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