Patients, carers and the wider public are a fundamental and integral part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and Unit. We want to bring research opportunities to patients, improve our scientific understanding, prevention and management of key research areas; many diseases that affect the older generation.
Public involvement in research is carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than just ‘for’ them. By ‘public’, we mean; current patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services.
This includes, for example, working with research funders to prioritise research, offering advice as members of a project steering group, commenting on and developing research materials, undertaking interviews with research participants.
Our ambition is to be a world-class centre for high quality translational research in ageing and chronic disease. To achieve this aim, patients, carers and the public are valued partners in what we do. Together we want to create an energetic and stimulating research environment to ensure biomedical research in our laboratories will lead to improved clinical practice in our hospitals and make a real difference to people’s lives.
We continue to develop creative approaches to share the insights, experiences and opinions of the public in our decision making and research direction. We are immensely grateful for the commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm of patients and public for their ongoing support and participation in research.
INVOLVE is a national advisory group which brings together expertise, insight and experience in the field of public involvement in research. It was established in 1996 and is part of, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.