National Institute for Health Research
Collaboration for Leadership in
Applied Health Research and Care

East Midlands
University of Nottingham
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Public Involvement Programme 

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands provides a wide range of opportunities for stakeholder engagement and participation across all of its structures, themes and projects.

Our Public Involvement (PI) Programme will enable intended end-users of research to shape its selection, design, delivery, dissemination and implementation.

Our committment to PI

We pro-actively involve patients as co-producers of research and implementation to ensure that:

  • studies are relevant to the people who use services
  • outcome measures are easily understood by patients
  • how people are recruited to studies is effective, particularly in under-represented communities
  • research findings are understandable by patients and distributed widely
  • research evidence is used to improve peoples’ lives as quickly as possible.

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands also engages with the wider public across the region. This takes many forms including the production of leaflets and posters targeted at a general audience, organising open information-sharing events and the use of social, print and broadcast media to promote NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands activities and achievements.


PPI webinar

A webinar aimed at NIHR trainees and other researchers who are leading research projects and want to learn more about getting the best out of PPI can be found here.

It is presented by Derek Stewart OBE, Associate Director for Patient and Public Involvement at NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) and Paula Wray, former PI Programme Lead for CLAHRC EM.


Case Study 


We have been lucky to have a great external and public advisory group which meet regularly to contribute their knowledge and experience to the SOPRANO project

Some of the most valuable input of the advisory group has been in designing our interview schedule to use with commissioners, third sector organisations, and older people. The advisory group highlighted where some of the language was overly complex or if the meaning of certain questions might be misconstrued by our participants. They also suggested new lines of enquiry which was very helpful to ensure we gain the most useful information in our interviews. 

Our advisory group is quite diverse and consists of members of the public, representatives from the third sector, commissioners, health care professionals, and academics. We always welcome new interested members so please get in touch if you would like to help us with our research.  

Dr Gina Sands, Research Fellow, SOPRANO study, NIHR CLAHRC EM




NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands


Diabetes Research Centre
College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road

Telephone: 0116 258 8969