Joint Research Office


Help for researchers on PPI

Evidence of involving patients and the public in the planning, design, management and/or dissemination of research is increasingly a requirement of major funding bodies in the UK.

Patient and Public Involvement Brochure

The Research Support Centre is building up support for researchers on patient and public involvement (PPI) and now has a dedicated PPI manager, Patience Renias-Zuva.

We provide an online PPI helpdesk that researchers can contact Patience for advice on PPI. The helpdesk can be contacted on ppihelpdesk@ucl.ac.uk

PPI Training Workshops

Our PPI training workshop sessions will recommence in September 2021. 

*Due to the current UK situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding all scheduled workshops online*

The NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre runs a programme of regular workshops for researchers at UCL Partner organisations on patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.

The award-winning sessions build up researchers’ skills in involving lay people in activities including setting research priorities and designing protocols.

Attendees get career points as workshops are included in UCL’s Doctoral Skills Development Programme. Workshops are supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Additional PPI Resources and Support

There are many helpful publications - go to Practical guides on PPI for examples. Researchers can also access help and advice at:

UCL Public Engagement Unit

The unit supports UCL staff organising public engagement activities. As well as toolkits on organising events, the unit has 2 funding streams - small bursaries of up to £1,500 and grants of up to £10,000.

The Research Design Service London

The service, which has a dedicated PPI lead, offers:

individual advice to researchers on the most appropriate PPI for their research help with completing funding applications help finding patients/members of the public through its database of interested London-based individuals and groups PPI workshops and seminars for groups planning to submit funding applications small grants from the Enabling Involvement Fund to help get patients and the public involved in research at an early stage.



INVOLVE is a national advisory group on public involvement in NHS and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Resources for researchers include an extensive range of publications (see Practical guides on PPI for a selection) and reports on the impact of PPI on research.

People in Research

This website provides information for interested members of the public and is a useful place to direct patients to. Researchers wanting to find members of the public to get involved can advertise on the site.

Involving London

This website was set up by London PPI leads and the Research Design Service to bring patients and members of the public together with researchers wanting to involve people in their work. Researchers can use the website to advertise projects looking for patients and the public.