UCL Ear Institute


Public and Patient Involvement 

What is patient and public involvement in research? Public involvement in research is different from taking part in a study; it is about research that is shaped by members of the public. For example, where members of the public become involved in the study design, or work as research partners on a project.

Why get involved?

  • Research shapes all the services that are available to you and your family today
  • Your involvement will help ensure that our research is relevant, reliable and usable to the people
  • You can choose to get involved as much or as little as you like

You can get involved in our research in a variety of ways such as:

  • Working with researchers to plan and design their projects
  • Commenting on and developing information such as leaflets or questionnaires
  • Joining a research panel or steering group
  • Helping make sure good research is heard about

You will make a difference by:

  • Identifying new topics for research and ensuring that topics are relevant to patients, carers and members of the public
  • Making sure that researchers ask the right questions and in a way that is understandable to the public
  • Keeping the research on track so that is stays relevant
  • Making sure the people being researched are approached in the right way 
  • Reviewing research proposals for the NIHR research programmes
  • Improving the quality of the research by adding another point of view to the design and way that the research is carried out

Become a MEMBER and your involvement can help to:

  • Identify what research is important to the NHS and the public
  • Influence the way research is planned and carried out
  • Improve the experience for people taking part in the research
  • Make sure the research is focused and relevant to members of the public
  • Make it more likely that people find out about the research

For more information please contact Shoba Dawson.


Interested? Or would like more information? Either Complete a sign-up form or contact Shoba Dawson