New Benefits Advice Service for involvement launched

A new service has been launched offering personal advice and support on how payment of fees and expenses for public involvement might affect people in receipt of state benefits

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with other organisations is offering a service that covers advice on payment of fees and expenses for public involvement in health or social care research, service design or service delivery. The service, provided by Bedford Citizens Advice Bureau will be run initially as a pilot for one year.

The confidential service is aimed at members of the public involved with NIHR organisations or NIHR funded research projects and staff within NIHR organisations who are supporting members of the public to get involved.

INVOLVE is funding this service on behalf of, and for the NIHR. Other partners who are also part of the service are: NHS England, Health Research Authority(HRA), Involving People (Wales) and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP)

Further information is available on the INVOLVE website

If you would like further information or to discuss this project, please contact Jenny Irvine, Public Engagement Facilitator, NIHR CLAHRC, North West Coast.

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More articles     Posted on: 02 February 2015