Patient and public involvement (PPI) is an integral component of the advice given to those approaching RDS London. RDS London has a team of PPI experts who can offer support to those developing grant applications to funding bodies. They work with investigators to assess their individual needs and provide feedback to ensure that good PPI practice is adopted, ensuring that researchers adopt good PPI practice that is relevant and aligned with the expectations of funding bodies.
RDS London provides financial support to researchers through its Enabling Involvement Fund
to facilitate the involvement of service users in the design of health and social care research. This fund, although small, has the potential to be very meaningful for researchers and patients and the public and the feedback so far has been excellent.
RDS London’s Fast-Track Review Service
gives researchers the opportunity to involve members of the public in the development of their plain English summary.
Find out more about PPI
Read our introduction to PPI
, then find out more about conducting PPI in our online PPI resources
, which provide guidance on how to incorporate PPI into research.
Can RDS London help me find patients to get involved?
RDS London has a database of charities, patient groups and individuals, all of whom are willing to get involved in health and social care research, which is continually updated and provides a key resource for researchers looking for support. RDS London can facilitate links between research teams and patients / members of the public through the database. If you would like to know if there are any relevant individuals or groups on the database and would like to be linked with them, please email us.
How else can RDS London help with PPI in my funding application?
RDS London also delivers regular PPI workshops
, in collaboration with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, which are extremely well received by those attending. They are dedicated to researchers planning to submit funding applications and need to develop their knowledge in this area. If you would like to learn more about a PPI workshop, please email us.
We also have strong links with INVOLVE
, a national advisory group funded by the Department of Health to promote and support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.