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Training and support

Chris Macdonald presenting

Patient involvement and communication workshop

We've developed a patient and public involvement training workshop in collaboration with other medical research charities within the Shared Learning Group on Involvement in Research, as well as our patient insight partners"I was unsure how I could find a way to involve patients and the public in my work. The PPI course made me think more broadly about this"
Dr Amy Naylor, research fellow

This interactive workshop, which is co-delivered by members of our research team and patient insight partners, equips researchers with:

  • An understanding of the value of involving patients and the public in research
  • ability to differentiate between involvement, engagement and participation
  • key principles to consider before/during/after involvement activities
  • tips and considerations for communicating with a non-technical audience.

Feedback from past attendees

"As a laboratory-based researcher I was unsure how I could find a way to involve patients and the public in my work. The PPI course made me think more broadly about this and demonstrated the value that it could add to my research."
Dr Amy Naylor, Research Fellow, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham

"The workshop was excellent in suggesting ways forward for us to involve both patients and the wider public."
Professor Peter McNaughton, Professor of Pharmacology, King’s College London

Upcoming workshops

The next workshops will take place as follows:

  • Wednesday 16 May 2018 – London
  • Wednesday 10 October 2018 – London 

To book a place at an upcoming workshop, please contact the research involvement team on


Support and advice

The research involvement team have experience in advising many different researchers and organisations on how to involve patients and the public in research, from laboratory-based researchers to clinical trial teams within industry. If you would like to discuss your approach to PPI, please contact the research involvement team on

"Arthritis Research UK have been supportive of our efforts to establish a new patient involvement group, and will be consulting on our approach to ensure that the activity fits with the charity’s strategy and vision of patient involvement, and that the activity is beneficial to our research."
Dr Gareth Jones, Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow, Cardiff University

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