It is important to involve and engage patients and the public at various stages in your research. This ensures that any research:

  • Is worthy of public trust and confidence
  • Is relevant and useful
  • Increases public understanding of health data

However, we understand that learning how and where to begin involving and engaging patients and the public can be tricky. It can occur in many places within the research cycle and there are various ways it can be implemented. For that reason, we have a number of resources that could help get you and your team on the right track.

Training and Workshops

We can provide bespoke training to give you and your team the tools, guidance, and experience needed to embed patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) in your research. Though we have guiding principles that we follow, we can still tailor this training to the needs of your team based on:

  • The level of experience your team already has in PPIE
  • The purpose for your involvement or engagement
  • Which patients or members of the public you wish to reach

Through our training, we hope to give researchers the tools and understanding to embed PPIE in their work. Workshops can be either held in person, hybrid, or fully online. We encourage active communication so that we can select the case studies, learning aids, and facilitative activities that will be most helpful for your training.

If you’re interested in receiving this training for your team, please email us at

HDR UK Futures Training

In addition to this training, we also have a number of bitesize videos on HDR UK futures.

HDR UK Futures is a free and flexible virtual learning platform, which lets you learn from national and international experts however and whenever suits you. All you have to do to access our videos is sign up to the HDR UK Futures online platform for free.

Register for access to HDR UK Futures now

Guidance for Researchers

As part of our plan to support researchers with embedding Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in their work, we are developing some general guidelines that you may find useful.

They will cover:

  • Why the public should be involved in research
  • How and when to involve the public in research
  • How to engage the public to raise public awareness of your research

If you’d like to learn more, email us at