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Personal and Public Involvement for Researchers

If you are a researcher thinking about involving people in your research as partners rather than subjects, we can help you by providing training, guidance around recruitment and access to resources.

For information and advice about PPI please contact:
Gail Johnston (Programme Manager)
HSC R&D Division
12-22 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BS


HSC R&D Division in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Centre deliver workshops on Building Research Partnerships.

The Building Research Partnerships Course is a one day course to provide you with a basic knowledge of and practical steps to implementing PPI in your own research. Ideally you will come with a service user or member of the public you have recruited as this course is aimed at you both as partners in the research process. However, if you haven’t already recruited someone this course will help you with practical steps to get started and dip your toe in the water. The links below provide more information about the course and an example programme.

BRP Flyer     BRP Example Programme

The workshops use a quality assured train the trainer approach to explore the area of health and social care research as well as the various ways the public can be constructively involved in the research process as partners. They aim to strengthen mutual understanding and working relationships between researchers and the public, and support researchers in developing and delivering quality research that is accessible, acceptable and patient focused to benefit patients and Health and Social Care.

Since 2012 several workshops have taken place in Northern Ireland. Following each course, participants were invited to complete evaluation forms.

Evaluation showed that the workshops:

  • have enabled capacity building at a local and national level
  • have led to a positive learning environment for participants
  • have helped to engage a group of professionals and public with a range of conditions and experience
  • have helped build partnerships which have the potential to have a measurable impact on practice


Resource list

Click on the links below to download the relevant paper/material:
  • Engage - a website developed in partnership with staff, service users and carers designed to provide a wide range of information, guides and links to support Personal and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Recruitment Advert can be used and adapted for your own clinical area to advertise for service users and the public who may be interested in being involved in your area. It can be posted in lifts, foyers, clinics or other public areas where potential participants might gather.
  • DirectoryofCommunityNetworks provides a list of organisations who may also be contacted to help you access people in the relevant area. 
  • Guide to peer research with young people from one of the Bamford Implementation Commissioned Research Studies "Transitions & outcomes for care leavers with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities" Dr B Kelly (QUB) 
        An extract from this handbook shows PPI in the Research cycle
The INVOLVE website provides further resources.