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Impactful Contribution in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

Entries are now invited for the “Impactful Contribution in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement” prize.

Patient and public involvement (PPI) entails research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public, rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. Public engagement encompasses the various ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement encourages researchers to listen and interact with the general public.

The School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) celebrates meaningful PPI and public engagement amongst their partners. The School wants to acknowledge this at the 2019 Showcase event.

The SPCR will award a researcher with a certificate of “Impactful Contribution in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement”. The prize will come with an award, which the winner can use for a training or conference opportunity (to be spend before 30 September 2020). The shortlisted candidates are invited to attend the SPCR Showcase event Tuesday 26th of November 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians (London). During this event, the winner will be announced.

Activities may include, but are not limited to: co-production of research, setting research priorities, showing academic leadership to PPI and public engagement or engaging with diverse audiences. The research around which the involvement and/ or engagement takes place needs to be primary care research.

All researchers based at the NIHR SPCR member departments within University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Keele University, University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Southampton and University College London are eligible for this award. You can self-nominate or nominate a colleague who shows great leadership in involvement or engagement or a junior researcher with true commitment. It is also possible for public contributors to nominate a researcher they work with.

To nominate for the prize, submit a description of using PPI or public engagement within a primary care research project. The description should not be more than 600 words. Photos are very welcome to be included in the nomination. Please ensure that the photos submitted have permission of those on the photo and the copyright holder to be published in public (the Showcase event and potentially SPCR website).

The description should highlight how:

-          The involvement/ engagement was relevant to the research question or research field

-          Methods and activities used to involve/ engage with the public and how they were meaningful

-          What the impact of involvement/ engagement was (i.e. on research project, public contributor, researcher)

-          How the impact of involvement/ engagement is recorded and evaluated

-          Steps taken to ensure the relevance and appropriateness of the people involved

Submit your entry to by Thursday 26 September 2019.

If you are nominating a researcher, please include a short description of your role in the activity and relation to the nominee. It is recommended to inform the researcher that you are nominating them.

Entries will be scored by PPI and public engagement professionals and public contributors using the criteria above.

All submitted entries will contribute to a poster at the Showcase event showing the impact of PPI and public engagement on primary care research. The winning case study will be published on the School’s website.