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Improving public involvement in research

Improving public involvement in research

10th March 2023

It is one year (11 March) since the launch of the Shared Commitment to improve public involvement in health and social care research, and an opportunity to shine a spotlight on activity over the last year. 

Excellent public involvement is an essential part of health and social care research and improves the quality and impact of research. It refers to all the ways in which the research community works together with people including, patients, carers, advocates, service users, and members of the community. 

Over the last year NHS Research Scotland, alongside the Chief Scientist Office, have worked in partnership across the research community in Scotland, and with other leading organisations to help drive up standards and raise the profile, value, and importance of public involvement in health and social care research. 

As we mark this first milestone, we reflect on activity over the last year which has focussed supporting patient and public involvement (PPI) activities across our specialty areas and working to address equality, diversity and inclusion in patient and public involvement activities. 

Thank you to all our partners, leads, research teams and people from across Scotland who have been involved in PPI activities. This is an evolving area and there is more work to do to support  PPI across our networks and champion the voices of patients and the public. We will continue to work with our partners locally and nationally to deliver high quality public involvement in research. 

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