Research Panel.


Research panel for service users and carers
The Research Panel is a new Faculty of Health and Life Sciences initiative to facilitate the involvement of service users and carers in Faculty research. The purpose of the panel is to support meaningful (not tokenistic!) involvement by service users and carers that will improve the quality and impact of our research. Thus we hope that ultimately it will also improve health and social care services for service users and carers. Kathy Pollard has written about her experience of the Research Panel, read it here.
Service users and carers who join the panel will be offered education and training opportunities to develop their knowledge of research. In addition, they will have the chance to link up with academic researchers who are looking for service user and carers to work with. There will be a range of levels at which service users and carers might wish to be involved. Initially this might include:
·        Sharing their service user/carer expertise with researchers in an ‘one off’ meeting or other low key or informal ways
·        Membership of advisory or steering groups
For service users and carers with more experience of research, they might if they wish go on to be involved in:
·        Membership of project teams taking some part in design, data collection, analysis, writing or conference presentations
Those service users and carers with an ongoing involvement in Faculty research can apply to become recognised as Research Partners, with access to university services such as the library.
Any service user or carer may join the Research Panel. There is a very simple expression of interest form available here which should be completed and returned to Fiona Earlam, Service User and Carer Office, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Bristol BS16 1DD. For more information please contact Fiona, tel: 0117 328 8556 or email
Research Panel