We hope that being involved in research and having an important role in its development, execution and dissemination is a rewarding and exciting learning opportunity for you. We don’t want you to be out of pocket when you attend one of the project meetings or engage in other activities and in general, reimbursement for members’ involvement is intended to meet their out of pocket expenses (including travel costs) as well as reflecting the time and effort for involvement. However, since different projects are funded through different sources, the rate at which panel members can be reimbursed will vary from project to project. Where possible we will give you an indication of what payments & reimbursements to expect in our initial invitation to take part in the project. The researcher, who is responsible for the project you are involved in or would like to be involved in, should also be able to tell you more before you get engaged in any activities.
It is important for you to know that payments might lead to a reduction in certain benefits and you might be liable to pay tax. As this is completely depended on your personal situation, it is your own responsibility to check if this is the case.
INVOLVE, a national advisory group about public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research, have excellent resources for both researchers and the public. http://www.invo.org.uk/about-involve/. Specific information about payment can be found here http://www.invo.org.uk/payment/payment-resources/
The coordinators at R2P2 or the researcher(s) in charge of your project will of course help you wherever possible and can give you print outs or booklets of the relevant information as well.