HSC R&D Division has a group of trained PPI representatives who support it in its activities. The name of this Group is PIER (NI). PIER stands for Public Involvement Enhancing Research.
HSC R&D Division also provides training, information and advice to Researchers wanting to learn about PPI
The following booklets (published by the INVOLVE Support Unit) provide more information for service users, carers or members of the public who would like to be involved in research,
INVOLVE is an organisation funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.
The INVOLVE website has some useful information and resources for the public interested in research and researchers interested in involving the public in thier research.
This includes a 2-minute animation based on the true story of a young man, Tom, who was diagnosed with an illness and through this became involved in research. Click to go to the INVOLVE website and hear Tom's story