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UK Standards for Public Involvement in Health Research

  Created on Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018. Posted in Public Involvement

A set of national standards designed to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research has been developed through a UK-wide partnership over the last 18 months building on previous work in this area. The partnership brings together members of the public with representatives from the National Institute for Health Research (England), the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), working with an independent expert.

The standards aim to provide people with clear, concise benchmarks for effective public involvement alongside indicators against which improvement can be monitored. They are intended to encourage approaches and behaviours that will support this.

The six standards are a description of what good public involvement looks like, designed to encourage self reflection and learning. They are not designed as rules, or to provide fixed ideas about public involvement in research.

  • Inclusive opportunities
  • Working together
  • Support and learning
  • Communication
  • Impact
  • Governance