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Welcome to the Institute of Ophthalmology’s Public and Patient Engagement page!

The Public and Patient Engagement (PPE) Committee is dedicated to encouraging an increase in engagement activities for patients and the public here at the Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO).

If you are interested in organising a Public or Patient Engagement activity and don’t know where to start please get in touch with the IoO PPE Committee (iooppe@ucl.ac.uk) or alternatively please visit our event organisers section.

By increasing engagement activities at the institute, we hope to foster new relationships with patients and the local community in order to help us better understand how to meet the needs of patients as well as spreading the word about the cutting-edge research we are carrying out at the IoO.   

PPE is an important part of research today. Aside from the mutual short and long term benefits, being involved in public engagement is becoming increasing important for grant applications and it is extremely advantageous to have engagement activities on your CV.

Further to this, by holding patient engagement events and forming professional relationships between patients and scientists it provides us as researchers with the opportunity to involve patients in our research and project design.

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Ophthalmology Engage

Through the efforts of the Institute of Ophthalmology’s Public and Patient Engagement committee, the Institute will be kicking off a new programme of public and patient engagement in 2017.

As part of this, the committee will be aiming to support the organisation of six Ophthalmology Engage patient days over the next three years.

Funding is available for IoO research staff and students. For your chance to win £600 to run an Ophthalmology Engage patient day please fill in an Action Plan and send it to the PPE Committee by Friday 30th June 5pm.

If this date has passed please get in touch with the committee for more information. As well as funding, the committee can provide the necessary tools and information to help organise your event and will offer practical support so that arranging and running the day won’t eat into too much of your research time.