Date: 27 March 2015
A strategic review of public involvement in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Going the extra mile, is published.
The review of public involvement in the NIHR, commissioned by the Director General Research and Development/Chief Medical Officer in March 2014, provided an opportunity for an independent review panel to assess how far the NIHR has been successful in achieving public involvement across its activities to date and to recommend a direction for the NIHR for the future that builds on these achievements.
Patients, carers, researchers and international, third sector and industry representatives contributed to the review by submitting documents, audio and video evidence, completing questionnaires and online surveys, and through taking part in workshops, meetings and social media, all of which informed the final report and recommendations.
Simon Denegri, the National Director for Patients and the Public in Research and Chair of INVOLVE, who led the review said:
'Every day patients and the public go the extra mile to help make UK research happen. They help decide research priorities, shape its design and spread the word about its importance to fellow citizens. The public have already made a huge difference to NHS research and the work of the NIHR. We must match their commitment with an equal resolve to involve voices from all parts of the community in all that we do'.
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