Involvement by the public1 in the research process is firmly embedded in health sciences. The research roles undertaken are varied and may include being a co-applicant on a grant application, reviewing documents, grant writing, protocol development, writing trial summaries, patient information sheets, booklets and consent forms, sitting on a Trial Management Group or Trial Steering Committee, disseminating research results and talking to the media; these activities can sometimes seem daunting.
At Warwick Clinical Trials Unit we provide some training to support the public in these roles; the next training workshop will be held in Autumn/Winter 2019.
This course is for patients or members of the public who are:
- working with a research team on a grant application
- a co-applicant on a research grant
- a member of a trial management group
- a member of a trial steering group
- thinking about getting involved in research.
1INVOLVE define ‘the public’ as ‘patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services’ (INVOLVE, 2012 accessed 29 November 2019 available from: http://www.invo.org.uk/posttypepublication/involve-briefing-notes-for-researchers).