Involvement@York is the name of the patient and public involvement (PPI) network at the University of York.

The network draws together all areas of public involvement in health and social care research across the University, as well as serving as the ‘hub’ for recruitment of patients, carers, service users and members of the public.

For researchers: it is a source of help, support, guidance and advice for all aspects relating to public involvement in research, both pre- and post-research grant application submission and during the life of a research project.

For patients, carers and the public: it is a community supporting lay representatives and members of the public in their day to day involvement and workings with research teams at the University of York.

What does it do?

Involvement@York acts as an ‘agent’ on behalf of research teams, patients, carers and the public, facilitating their coming together, providing access to resources and skills development, and supporting their working relationships to bring about meaningful, effective public involvement in research.

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Involvement@York is funded by the Centre for Future Health, which has been established with funding from the Wellcome Trust and the University of York to support collaborative projects that will address some of the most important health issues and challenges.

Involvement@York is also supported by our external partners:

The project is led by Professor Rowena Jacobs and a steering group of academics from across the social science, biomedical and applied health and social care research disciplines, with non-academic and lay representation.

Help with your application

If you're applying for research funding we can help. If you would like to include information about Involvement@York and Patient and Public Involvement in your application, contact Network Manager Hannah Gray (hannah.gray@york.ac.uk) for more details.

Join the network

If you would like to join the network and find out about opportunities to be involved in research as and when they arise, please email Hannah Gray (hannah.gray@york.ac.uk).

Why is this needed?

Public involvement is a valuable and essential part of the way research is prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated. Well-constructed public involvement is seen as a hallmark of excellence in research by funders, such as UK Research Innovation (previously Research Councils UK), National Institute for Health Research, and Wellcome.

Public involvement is seen as a way to improve the quality and conduct of research, inform the exchange of knowledge between researchers and academics, and drive the translation of research and its positive impact on people beyond the academic community. It is also crucial for ensuring that the patient and public voice is integral to all aspects of health and social care related research undertaken across the University.

In acknowledgement of this, those who fund research are increasingly mandating public involvement to be part of research, requesting information from the outset about how a research team will involve patients, carers, service users and the public in a study or project.

The development of the Involvement@York is the University’s acknowledgement of the importance of public involvement and a need to support research teams in engaging in and delivering meaningful involvement.

What are the network's aspirations?

Involvement@York aims to grow the University’s capabilities by creating a central resource for researchers which will work in partnership with our local NHS partners and other external stakeholders to involve patients, carers and members of the public in improving the quality of our research.

NIHR fund for public involvement

The NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service has a public involvement fund to support researchers with their patient and public involvement activity. There are four calls for applications each year.

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Contact us

If you have any questions, require help or want to register your interest in Involvement@York, please contact Hannah Gray, Involvement@York network manager, at:

Related links

Involvement@York is funded by the Centre for Future Health, which has been established with funding from the Wellcome Trust and the University of York to support collaborative projects that will address some of the most important health issues and challenges.

Involvement@York is also supported by our external partners:

The project is led by Professor Rowena Jacobs and a steering group of academics from across the social science, biomedical and applied health and social care research disciplines, with non-academic and lay representation.