There are many different reasons that people get involved in research. Perhaps you have lived experience of a certain health condition that you are keen to share, whether this is as a patient, carer or relative. You may have a special interest in a particular illness and wish to learn more. You may be keen to make a difference to future treatment options and choices for patients.
Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) is an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and develop your understanding of health and social care research.
Working with public contributors brings huge benefits to research, such as making sure research topics are relevant and that studies are designed and innovations shared in a way that will be welcomed by the patient community.
Here are some quotes from our current contributors about why they choose to be involved in research:
“Listening to patients and families can provide a real springboard for ideas… If patients don’t talk to researchers and clinicians about what is important to them, then treatments don’t improve quickly. It is sometimes the smallest of changes to a piece of research that can make a huge impact on patient outcomes and no one had thought to ask.”
- AF, Public contributor
“If I can help to make some small contributions for health and social care professionals by sharing our everyday life challenges and experiences of patients and their families, I will feel truly blessed on this small contributions on improving health and wellbeing of our communities.”
- RK, Public contributor
“Sometimes we think only ill people think about their health in the future and ageing. I find it’s not like that anymore, people are health conscious, but they want to live better lives, not just live longer, because we know living longer isn’t always synonymous with living well.”
- CB, Public contributor