- Are the learning and development resources for anyone?
Yes, all resources are available for anyone although some may be aimed at different groups.
- What is public involvement in research?
Public involvement in research is research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. This includes, for example, working with research funders to prioritise research, offering advice as members of a project steering group, commenting on and developing research materials and undertaking interviews with research participants.
When using the term ‘public’ we include patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services. Whilst all of us are actual, former or indeed potential users of health and social care services, there is an important distinction to be made between the perspectives of the public and the perspectives of people who have a professional role in health and social care services.
Further information about public involvement is available on the INVOLVE website: www.involve.nihr.ac.uk
- I have particular needs/requirements – will these be accommodated?
If you have particular needs, it is important that you inform the learning/development provider before attending the learning/development opportunity. The provider should offer reasonable adjustments.
- I haven’t done any training for a long time. Does this matter?
No. You may find that you won’t be the only one who hasn’t done any learning/development for a while. If you have any concerns, contact the training provider in advance for reassurance on what to expect during the session.
- I want to work more closely with other groups in sharing what we do in learning and development for public involvement? Can I get any advice or help with this?
- I would like to get involved in research. Where can I go?
If you would like to get involved in research, there are likely to be a number of opportunities that might suit you. The challenge lies in finding them, as they are advertised in different places by a variety of organisations. Some of the places you could look and organisations you could contact include:
The People in Research website (peopleinresearch.org/) that advertises involvement opportunities – you can also sign up to receive alerts of new opportunities
InvoDIRECT (invo.org.uk/communities/invodirect/) – INVOLVE’s online directory of local and national networks, groups and organisations that support involvement in health and social care research
The news section of the INVOLVE website (invo.org.uk/news/)
Universities working on health research (thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk)
Research centres and networks supported by the National Institute for Health Research nihr.ac.uk/patients-and-public/
Websites that cover regions like https://patientsactiveinresearch.org.uk/
Involvement groups for children and young people (https://generationr.org.uk/)
Local NHS organisations e.g. hospitals and GP practices – ask staff if they know of any
involvement opportunities in your area
Any medical charities concerned with a health condition relevant to you as a patient or carer (amrc.org.uk or search online)
Newspapers – local and national.
If you are in contact with health or social care professionals, they may also be able to identify local and national research organisations that would be relevant to you.
You can also contact INVOLVE for further advice and for paper copies of any of its publications:
Tel: 023 8059 5628
- Who developed this website?
The Learning for Involvement website originated from discussions and actions of the Learning & Development project group led by INVOLVE and involving staff and public contributors from across NIHR and the charities sector. It was also launched in response to recommendations from Going the Extra Mile report which said that the public and researchers need to be better supported to do public involvement.
An inclusive project steering group has been involved in all stages of the site’s development - site design, content and piloting. We want to continue to improve the site so please help us by giving your feedback using the form below.
- Will I be paid for attending any learning opportunities?
This will depend on the training providers. It should be stated but please ask if unsure. If you are a member of the public and you are working on a research project or as part of a research team, it is important to speak with someone first before signing up to an opportunity. You should clarify whether they are able to cover any fees, your travel/expenses and they should also advise if you will be offered an honoraria for your time.
- Will I need to pay for any learning opportunities?
Each of the different learning opportunities will say if there is a cost. In addition to payment for attending a learning opportunity, you might also need to consider other costs, such as travel to a training venue or expenses.
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