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A publication presenting five examples of how Senior Investigators involve patients and the public in their work has been released by NIHR INVOLVE.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigators (SIs) constitute a network of approximately 200 pre-eminent researchers who represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research. 

In a new publication from INVOLVE, NIHR Senior Investigators: Leaders for public involvement in research, five SIs give an account of how and why they involve patients and the public in their work, namely:  

  • Dr John Bradley, Director, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre 
  • Professor David Gunnell, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol 
  • Professor Elaine Hay, Director, Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences Centre, Keele University 
  • Professor Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology and Director, Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham 
  • Professor Sue Ziebland, Director, Health Experiences Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Services University of Oxford and School of Primary Care Research Principal Investigator.

Launched to mark International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May 2014, the publication has a foreword from Professor Dame Sally C. Davies FRS FMedSci, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health and an introduction from Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and NIHR National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research. 

This was an NIHR-wide project funded by INVOLVE working with the NIHR Faculty and the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility.

Strong leadership has been crucial to promoting this culture change. NIHR is immensely fortunate in having a cadre of senior researchers who have led the development of public involvement over the years and now champion its value from first-hand experience. This publication gathers together the reflections of five of these leaders who are NIHR Senior Investigators."- Simon Denegri, Chair, INVOLVE