Involvement@York is 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 academics, it aims to provide both pre- and post-research grant application support, access to patients and public for specific projects, a repository to share best practice, and capacity support in managing a range of PPI compliance issues, including GDPR, reward and recognition, and volunteer safeguarding.

For patients and members of the public, it aspires to provide a community of support to help lay representatives and members of the public navigate their day to day involvement and activity with research teams across the university.

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 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-evidenced PPI is required as a precursor to funding for all National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programmes and other UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funders speak explicitly about the value of lived experience and the importance of PPI in the design and ongoing conduct of research projects.

“No matter how complicated the research, or how brilliant the researcher, patients and the public always offer unique, invaluable insights. Their advice when designing, implementing and evaluating research invariably makes studies more effective, more credible and often more cost efficient as well.” Professor Dame Sally Davies, former Chief Medical Officer (Foreword in Staley, 2009)

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.

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.

Involvement@York is the central coordinating resource for PPI at the University of York, working with partnership with our researchers, 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.