Patient and Public Involvement

Patients and the public are at the heart of everything we do.

At the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, we know that patients and the wider public bring a wealth of experience and provide valuable perspectives on the way that research is designed and delivered.

For this reason, we are committed to involving and engaging everyone through a variety of activities that not only help us decide on how research should be carried out, but also feedback on the research that has taken place.

See our NIHR Newcastle BRC PPIE Strategy and Plan which outlines activity to ensure public and patient participation in NIHR Newcastle BRC research throughout the year.


About patient and public involvement

When we talk about patients and the public, we include those living with the conditions we research, their families and friends, and the healthcare staff who dedicate their careers to making a difference to people’s lives: doctors, nursing staff, allied health professionals and  trainees. We also include interested members of the public, colleagues across the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University, as well as linked researchers globally.

We join forces with charities, community groups, businesses and key departments within Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle University and the NIHR. Working together, we can enhance research ideas, methodologies and results by bringing the public into all areas of our research. See a recent story on research into heart conditions designed for people over 75 by clinical researcher, Dr Vijay Kunadian.

We welcome participation and interest from all because together we are better placed to positively change lives through our research.

Ways to get involved

  • People in Research is a site created by the NIHR to promote nation-wide opportunities for the public in NHS, health and social care research. You can select your own criteria so that the database results are filtered to suit your location and area of interest.
  • Voice was established at Newcastle University and aims to harness the mental capital and immense experience of the public in addressing the challenges and opportunities of ageing and demographic change.

Useful documents

Infographic on definitions of Patient and Public Involvement within the NIHR