Our strategy

The NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre values patient and public involvement and engagement in all stages of our research.

We have been guided by NIHR standards and guidelines in creating a step change in our public involvement activity following the establishment of the BRC in April 2017. We have developed and agreed a strategy in conjunction with the senior leadership team and our three distinct patient partnership groups and our objectives are summarised below:

  • Improve representation, opportunity and organisation in our PI groups
  • Increase accessibility to PI opportunities by further use of online tools
  • Focus on patient driven research questions
  • Incorporate patient reported outcomes into early phase clinical trials
  • Develop effective training programmes and resources for researchers, patients, the public and service users to deliver best practice within PI
  • Develop and deliver co-produced research
  • Deliver public engagement programme to raise the profile of the BRC’s work, which informs and stimulates thinking about BRC research
  • Collaborate locally, regionally and nationally/practice share
  • Evaluate the quality and impact of PI effectively

Read the full strategy

We’ve been working together with the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Birmingham Clinical Research Facility (CRF) to develop our Joint 2022-2027 Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy. This sets out how we’re working in true partnership with people and communities with lived experience of health conditions and services.