Public involvement

How we work in active partnerships with people with lived experience.

Public involvement is essential to meaningful health and care research and service improvement.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) says that public involvement is when research is carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public, rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.

We call people actively involved in health and care research and improvement ‘public contributors’. A public contributor can be a patient, service user, carer or anyone else with lived experience of a health condition or area.

In Bristol Health Partners, public contributors are:

Meet one of our public contributors

Soumeya is a public contributor to two Health Integration Teams, a member of the Research and Innovation Steering Group and member of the diverse Research Engagement Network.

"Joining Bristol Health Partners’ Research and Innovation Steering Group enabled me to amplify the voices of patients and challenge researchers by reminding them about what matters to patients."
Soumeya Bouacida

Shared Commitment to public involvement

We have pledged to improve public involvement in health and social care research.

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