Public Involvement

The NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre PI/PE activities are led by Dr James Ferguson, a liver transplant physician based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He has published extensively and is involved in a number of research collaborations. He leads the National liver accreditation scheme IQILS aimed at improving the care for patients with liver disease. He has led on the establishment of an award-winning patient portal myhealth@QEHB at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Laura Chapman is the NIHR Birmingham BRC Public Involvement & Public Engagement Manager. She has experience of championing diversity and inclusion from a career in Human Resources (private sector and NHS organisations) and conducting research with the public on readability/usability of Patient Information Leaflets for medicines.

What is Public Involvement (PI) and Engagement (PE)?

Where members of the public are actively involved in research projects and in research organisations; where people take part in a research studies; and where information and knowledge about research is provided and disseminated. Read more about the differences and similarities of PI and PE in our PIPE Strategy.

Our PIPE Groups

The NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre recognises the value of PI/PE in all stages of our research and has already established active PI groups in our current BRU and in Rheumatology. The groups include Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2), Muscle Health Public Involvement in Research Group (MHPIRG), and The Liver GI PPI Reference Group. They are involved in all aspects of our research programme and have led on projects identifying barriers to accessing research and assessing whether patient information sheets inform participants involved in research. You can find out more about each group by clicking on one of the icons below.

PIPE Events

Know More: IBD

Know More: IBD on 16 October is for patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, in response to their requests

The West Midlands Patient Research Ambassadors (PRA) Annual Network Event

Welcome to the West Midlands Patient Research Ambassadors Annual Network Event. This event is an opportunity for Patient Research Ambassadors

International Perspectives on Evaluation of PPI in Research

This conference will provide an international platform to critically explore and reflect on the issue of evaluation of patient and

Research Changes Lives

Find out about clinical research taking place in your area at this upcoming free public event, organised by the NIHR