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Patient insight partner group

Arthritis Research UK’s focus is to put people with arthritis at the heart of everything we do and ensure our decisions are guided by their perspective. This includes listening to, and involving, them in all aspects of our work. We spend approximately £25 million a year on research that aims to improve the quality of life people with arthritis and, as such, the perspective of people living with the condition is key to ensuring that what we fund is relevant, accessible and sensitive. The patient voice is integrated fully into all of our research activities through close collaboration with our patient insight partners. This group work alongside researchers and health care professionals to ensure relevance whilst maintaining our high standards of research quality.

Patient Insight Partner group

Our patient insight partners are a group of people from across the UK who have a wide range of experiences of living with a musculoskeletal condition. They are instrumental in bringing a patient perspective to the decision-making process within the Research directorate. We collaborate with our patient insight partners on a number of activities including:
  • setting research priorities
  • supporting researchers to undertake effective public and patient involvement
  • reviewing research proposals
  • monitoring and providing ongoing input into funded research
  • evaluating and disseminating outcomes of research

Get involved

We are one of the leading medical research charities in incorporating routine public and patient involvement into the research funding decision-making process, initially in the form of the USER committee. In line with our current strategic focus, we have innovated new ways of involving the patient voice, building on the previous success of USER towards an approach that champions the huge value of patient insight in medical research.

We are currently recruiting people living with arthritis to join our expanding patient insight partner group. For more information about becoming a patient insight partner at Arthritis Research UK and to learn more about the requirements, please click here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us at We look forward to hearing from anyone with an interest in research and experience of living with arthritis.    

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