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Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)

NIHR CLAHRC WM uses the following terms to distinguish between the different PPI-oriented activities:

CLAHRC WM uses the NIHR INVOLVE definitions of Public Involvement and Public. These can be found on the NIHR INVOLVE website.

By ‘involvement’ we mean research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.

By ‘public’ we mean patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services and well as people from organisations that represent people who use services.

Patient and Public Involvement in CLAHRC West Midlands has two strands:

  1. Operational PPI – The operations of PPI in CLAHRC WM are coordinated by our designated PPI Lead, Magdalena Skrybant.
  2. Research into PPI – Public involvement in health and social care research is led by Professor Sophie Staniszewska.


Public Awareness & Participation
This is where members of the public are actively involved in research projects and in research organisations. This is where information and knowledge about research is provided and disseminated. This is where people take part in a research study. There are things we can do to promote awareness to improve participation.

Our aim

In CLAHRC West Midlands, we aim to combine public involvement that informs service development and delivery with public involvement that informs research and evaluation activities.

Patient and Public Involvement in CLAHRC West Midlands aligns to NIHR Values and Principles and the Standards for Public Involvement. Our public involvement strategy also responds to recommendations outlined in NIHR’s ‘Going the Extra Mile’ report, which set out a vision for public involvement in research.