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Consulting a public advisory group can help those leading clinical trials in various ways, for instance in reviewing information designed for participants.

Public contributors offer valuable insights to the researchers and studies in which they are involved. Our Public Advisory Panel provides advice and guidance on the department’s research from initial study proposals to ways in which research findings may be used to influence policy and improve health. By including people who have been research participants and those new to research the panel offers a variety of perspectives. Panel members may be asked to provide feedback, advice and opinions by email, via conference calls or at occasional face-to-face meetings. They can choose which requests to respond to, according to their availability and interests.

Panel members may:

  • review the content and language used in questionnaires and information leaflets for people interested in becoming research study participants
  • help to ensure that proposed research methods are acceptable to potential participants
  • comment on research proposals
  • advise on ways to increase participation in research
  • suggest ways to engage the public around research results.

Why get involved?

By joining our Public Advisory Panel you will be contributing to our understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of disease around the world. Members find the role interesting, rewarding and enjoyable, and involvement can provide opportunities to meet new people and develop new and existing skills. We are particularly keen to hear from people with no professional experience in health, research or science. We want your experience of life! If you are interested in joining our panel, please email the Communications Team to find out more.

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