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Prize nominations have closed. To find out who won check: https://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk/news/winner-of-the-exceptional-contribution-to-patient-and-public-involvement-prize-2020-announced

Patient and public involvement (PPI) entails research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public, rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. The School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) celebrates meaningful PPI, which wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated public contributors who share their experiences, time and skills with the research community. To acknowledge and celebrate contributions public contributors make to primary care research, entries are now invited for the “Exceptional Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement Prize” 2020.

The School wants to acknowledge a public contributor, or public contributor team, who has made an “Exceptional Contribution to Patient and Public Involvement”. Public contributors involved in primary care research at NIHR SPCR member departments[1] are eligible to be nominated by a member of staff. Public contributors who supported research funded by any funder are eligible, as long as it is in the field of primary care research.Picture of a small award; Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

The prizes will be awarded during the SPCR public engagement event, which will be an online event open for the general public and will take place Tuesday 16th of March. Shortlisted nominees will be informed in advance and invited to attend the event. The announcement of the winners will be incorporated in the agenda. With permission, the case studies will be published on the SPCR website.

To nominate a public contributor or a team of public contributors, submit a description of their involvement with primary care research (up to 500 words). The submission should (at least) contain the following headings:

-          Relevance of involvement to the research, i.e. elaborating why involvement was important to the project

-          Type of involvement, i.e. in what ways someone was involved and at which stages of the research cycle

-          Impact, i.e. impact of the contributors’ involvement on the research project, field, researcher or team

Please also include in the email submitting the nomination a short outline how you know and worked together with the public contributor(s). It is recommended that you inform the public contributor(s) that they are nominated for this award.

Entries will be scored by PPI colleagues from universities, NIHR organisations and charities. The NIHR SPCR PPIE Officer, Esther van Vliet, will coordinate the reviewing process.

The selection criteria are:

-          Continued contribution to the research project/ field

-          Impact of the nominee on the research project/ field

-          Impact of the nominee on the researcher/ research team

-          Level of involvement (i.e. is the nominee involved throughout the research cycle?)

-          Overall impression of the case study

Submit your entry to esther.vanvliet@phc.ox.ac.uk by Tuesday 26 January 2021. For any questions, please contact Esther via email.



[1] Centre for Academic Primary Care (University of Bristol); Primary Care Unit (University of Cambridge); School of Primary, Community and Social Care (Keele University); Centre for Primary Care (University of Manchester); Population Health Sciences Institute (Newcastle University); Division of Primary Care (University of Nottingham); Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (University of Oxford); School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education (University of Southampton); Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health (University College London)