Public Involvement

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

The Norwich Clinical Trials Units (NCTU) actively involves patients and the public in the research that we support. Each trial is unique and there will be different approaches to involving people depending on the nature, stage and setting of the research, as well as the specific aims of the involvement.

What is public involvement?

Public involvement in research is defined as research that is done ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public and not ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. This includes working in partnership to identify research priorities, design, implement, manage, evaluate and share research.

What is public engagement?

Public engagement is where information and knowledge about research is provided and shared.

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When using the terms patients and public we include: patients, potential patients, carers, service users (people who use health and social care services) and organisations that advocate for patients or service users.

How can I get involved?

We will be advertising Patient and Public Involvement opportunities for our research studies as they arise on the People in Research website hosted by INVOLVE. You can also subscribe to our period PPI news and opportunities email .

View current opportunities.


INVOLVE was established by the National Institute for Health Research to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. Find out more here.

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