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What is Public Involvement?

Public involvement – also called 'Patient and Public Involvement' or 'PPI' – is, as it's name suggests, involving the public in your research. 

Public involvement in health and social care 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 or expertise as members of a project steering group, commenting on and developing research materials, undertaking interviews with research participants.

This is how INVOLVE – a national advisory group on public involvement funded by the NIHR – define it, and is the definition we use.

CLAHRC Oxford and Public Involvement

CLAHRC Oxford, as part of the NIHR, is committed to involving patients and the public in the work it funds or supports.

To this end we have a dedicated 'Patient and Public Involvement Co-ordinator', Lynne Maddocks, who you can contact with questions or for other help with public involvement.


Tel: (01865) 617198

Our PPI Strategy

You can download our PPI strategy by clicking here (.pdf).

We welcome any feedback you may have.