The Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (also known as R2P2) is a partnership between people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjögren’s Syndrome, family members, members of the public and researchers at the University of Birmingham, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. As a group, R2P2 also works closely with patient organisations such as the Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre.
Members of R2P2 are actively involved in setting priorities for research, informing the way that research studies are carried out and helping to develop future knowledge.
The main message of R2P2 is that we all have much to learn from each other and that having direct involvement of patients and carers in research projects is crucial to developing quality information that is of relevance and use to the wider patient and carer community as well as to the NHS.
R2P2 is co-ordinated by a Steering panel. The steering panel consists of patient representatives and RRG research nurses, researchers and clinicians and is co-ordinated by Dr Rebecca Stack and supported by Linda Briscoe.