What is PPI?

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is a way that we, researchers, can involve patients, the public and carers in all areas of our research. This allows you to influence the questions to be addressed in research, what the priorities or research should be, the design of the research, the way it is presented and the way the results of research get to those who will benefit.

Put simply PPI is involving interested parties in all stages of research to create a transparent and mutually beneficial situation!

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) describe PPI as follows:

‘Patient and public involvement entails research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public, rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. The word public can refer to patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services, people from organisations that represent people who use services as well as members of the public. Patient and public involvement is often abbreviated to PPI.

Public engagement encompasses the various ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public in a two-way process. Engagement encourages researchers to listen and interact with the general public.’



If you yourself have had a head injury, if you care for someone who has had a head injury or if your loved one has had a head injury we would love to hear from you! Equally if you are just interested in shaping research in emergency medicine, benefiting the patients and the families of tomorrow then get in touch.

What will I need to do?

PPI allows involvement of the public in all stages of research, we are hoping to build a group of interested individuals to help consult on current and future projects. Initially we would like to hold focus groups at the start of 2020 in relation to the development of our new research projects. Furthermore, there are multiple projects in initial idea form and some that have not been thought of yet! We will need help getting these from pen and paper to helping patients in the emergency department and beyond.

If you are interested, please fill out the contact form on the public engagement page, or alternatively contact tbicambridge@gmail.com.

We will then contact you about the exciting sessions we have planned and if you wish to attend just reply!

Sessions will be located around Cambridge and further details will be sent to those interested.

How about if I want to help, but cannot attend that session?

Don’t worry, we will keep a secure track over the contact details given, we are planning multiple sessions and we hope some will work well!

We are also in contact with other research groups involved in emergency medicine research in Cambridge. We will not share your information without consent but may contact you to see if you are interested in any of the other projects going on that you may want to assist on.

Where can I find more details?

For more information on PPI please see: https://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk/PPI

For any specific questions please email: tbicambridge@gmail.com

For any questions over dates and timings please fill out the contact form, or email ourselves with your details. We will contact those interested when all the location, dates and times are sorted!