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Free Training Sessions on Public Involvement in Research

Recommended training sessions in London for members of the public and Imperial College-affiliated researchers who would like to learn more about shaping and designing health research through public involvement.

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In collaboration with the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU), the NIHR Imperial BRC Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) has developed a series of Public Involvement in Research training sessions (suitable for both Imperial researchers and patients/members of the public), which will be co-delivered with a member of the public.

These sessions offer people the chance to learn more about how to get involved with research at Imperial College London. Because they have been designed as a series; we recommend that people attend as many as possible.

An outline of the upcoming training sessions are shown below but more details can be found on the PERC Training Site here or by clicking the green button ‘I would like to visit the PERC TRAINING SITE’.

Volunteer Criteria

All our training sessions are free and open to both members of the public and researchers working at or affiliated with Imperial College. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note to Imperial (or associated) staff:

You will be required to provide evidence that your line manager has approved your attendance. Please provide at least one week's prior notice if you can no longer attend, otherwise we may need to charge your department for your place. This does not apply to members of the public.

Where will the sessions be held?

The training sessions will take place across two locations:

Please visit the PERC Training Site or click on the relevant ‘sign up’ link beside the session date(s) you are interested in for further details on where each one will be run.

Training sessions & dates (Autumn series):

Session 1: Public Involvement – The Basics

Learn more about public involvement including what involvement is and how you can get involved. Little or no public involvement experience required.

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Session 2: Roles & Responsibilities and Public Involvement Facilitation

Understand the role you may play in research as a member of the public and how this should be communicated to you as well as what it might be like to take part in, or facilitate, a focus group discussion. Basic to intermediate public involvement knowledge preferred.

Session 3: Public Involvement Early in the Research Cycle

Discover more about the different stages of research through the "research cycle" and how you can be involved in research during the first 3 stages of this cycle. Basic public involvement knowledge and completion of Session 1 is preferred.

Session 4: Public Involvement for Participant Information Documents & Recruitment

Learn how you can be involved in reviewing documents for research study participants. Completion of Session 1 and ideally Session 2 required.

Session 5: Completing the Research Cycle with Public Involvement

Explore how you can be involved during the analysis, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of research. Completion of Session 1 and ideally Session 2 required.

Will I get anything for taking part?

As we will be delivering these training sessions for free, unfortunately we will not be able to cover travel expenses to the sessions or pay for your time attending.

If you are already collaborating with an Imperial College-affiliated researcher, you may wish to ask them if they would be able to cover your travel expenses to these sessions.

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