Why Public Involvement in Research? 

As our work is specific to the North West, our research projects always involve members of the public who are living in or using health services in this region. We think that people who could be affected by our work should be able to influence it. We call members of the public involved in our work public advisers

We form teams made up of people from our partner organisations, public advisers and researchers to look in to a wide range of topics which will try and improve the health of people in the region and reduce health inequalities

Public Advisers play a critical role both in research projects and also in the wider governance of CLAHRC NWC.

The Public Adviser Forum (formerly Public Reference Panel) name change has been introduced to reflect the increase in numbers of Public Advisers joining CLAHRC NWC, It is responsible for providing a strategic steer to public engagement in CLAHRC NWC and how the public engagement policy is delivered.

Involving people in health and social care research is about giving the people who are meant to benefit from this research a say in shaping the research agenda. It requires lay people to be involved on an equal basis to academics and health care professionals. This includes not just participating in research that has been initiated by academics, but also in shifting the power balance so that users and carers can initiate research and work collaboratively with academics in its development.

The Public and Engagement Policy outlines details for supporting engagement of the public in the work of the NIHR CLAHRC for the North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC). You can read more about this policy here.


INVOLVE was established in 1996 and is part of, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research, to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. It is one of the few government funded programmes of its kind in the world.

As a national advisory group our role is to bring together expertise, insight and experience in the field of public involvement in research, with the aim of advancing it as an essential part of the process by which research is identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated.

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How can I get involved?

To get involved in research, attend workshops, or join CLAHRC NWC Public Reference Panel, please send an email to j.irvine@lancaster.ac.uk