Working together: patients, staff and the public
From involving patients in ground-breaking research to engaging the public in educational events, there are many ways we carry out public and patient involvement and engagement at all points in our teaching and research.
Public engagement describes the ways in which higher education and research can be shared with the public, while involvement is an active partnership between research or teaching staff and patients or members of the public. Members of the public involved and engaged in our teaching and research are commonly referred to as public contributors.
Involving patients and the public and sharing our knowledge is important to us because so much of what we do as a faculty, from teaching clinical skills to scientific breakthroughs in the lab, has the potential to affect the lives of millions of people both in our local communities and further afield.
For the public
Anyone can get involved; whether you want to learn more about research and teaching going on at the University, or use your own experiences to help others, there are a number of ways you can take part.
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"I love the enthusiasm of the researchers. I find their work exciting and their genuine caring is very apparent. The opportunity to add the patient perspective to their research is welcome. There is a mutual respect and willingness to learn from each other. Patients were all people before becoming patients and we have a wide range of experience to bring to research."Maggie Wilcox / Advocate for Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice
However you want to get involved, there is support and guidance available from the Faculty and University to help you.
For staff and postgraduate researchers
Our work in the Faculty has the potential to make an impact on the lives of the public, both locally and globally. The benefits of including engagement and involvement activities in your research and teaching are numerous.
As a researcher, it can give you more relevant and better quality research, inform study design, improve recruitment, provide you with views you might not otherwise have considered and get your research seen by a wider audience. Plus, engagement and involvement are often common requirements of funding and ethical approval.
As a member of teaching staff, engagement and involvement helps you share the benefits of higher education with the wider community. It can inspire existing and prospective students, and provide innovative new ways of teaching.
"Discussing our research with as wide an audience as possible is vital and rewarding. For myself and my PhD students, discussing our research with doctors, patients and the public at large, reminds us all what this journey is about."Professor Dan Davis / Professor of Immunology
There is support and guidance available from the Faculty and University to help you with your engagement and involvement activities.