Research.

 
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is committed to involving service users and carers in research, and is increasingly respected for its good practice in involvement. If you are a researcher in the Faculty, we hope these resources will help you apply good practice in involving services users and carers in your research. If you are a service user or carer, we hope you will learn more about our approach to involvement and the opportunities to work in partnership with us on research.
The value of involving service users and carers in health and social care research is increasingly being recognised nationally and internationally. In the UK, many health and social care researchers are demonstrating good practice in partnership with service users and carers. Research funding bodies such as the National Institute for Health Research programmes are increasingly requiring evidence of public involvement in research bids.

 
 
The Service User and Carer Involvement in Research (SUCIR) scheme
The Faculty has established a Steering Group to take forward service user and carer involvement in research, with strong representation from service users. The group is co-chaired by an academic researcher and a service user. The Steering Group has developed a range of initiatives to support service user and carer involvement in research. These include:
The recognition of service users and carers who are making an ongoing contribution to Faculty research as Research Partners.
A credit union to help to fund service user and carer involvement early in research bids.
The establishment of a Research Panel for service users and carers who would like to become involved in research in the Faculty.
Links to key publications with useful guidance and examples of good practice.
For more information …
Contact David Evans, the Faculty lead on service user and carer involvement in research.
 
Public Involvement in Research Consortium
The Faculty is also a key partner in a consortium with six NHS organisations in Bristol and more widely in the South West to support public involvement in research. The Consortium commissioned the Faculty to produce a Scoping Report which was launched in April 2010. Funding has recently been agreed for a co-ordinated collaborative approach with a co-ordinator due to begin in January 2011. More details will be available here shortly.
 
 
National policy and resources
There is a wealth of expertise available, particularly through INVOLVE, an advisory group of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) established specifically to support public involvement in research. Check the INVOLVE website for their continually increasing range of guidance and other resources and join their invoNET.

We include a small selection of key INVOLVE guidance here.

Involving the public in NHS, public health, and social care research: briefing notes for researchers

Guide to reimbursing and paying members of the public actively involved in research[D1] 
 
 
If you want to learn more about INVOLVE, national contact details are on the INVOLVE website, or locally contact David Evans who is a member of and chairs its Empowerment Working Group.