Public Involvement for Service users and Carers

We offer training in public involvement in research for members of the public. We run 3 courses a year, with small groups, usually less than 12 people.

This two-day training programme offers members of the public the opportunity to:
build an understanding of public involvement in health research
learn about the research process and its methods
learn about the different activities they may be involved with
develop their own involvement skills
learn from other participants about the benefits and challenges of being involved in research

DAY 1: Understanding public involvement in research

DAY 2: Developing skills for public involvement

The next round of training will be in January 2019, Both days start at 10 and finish at 2.30pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Travel expenses incurred as a result of taking part will be reimbursed. All attendees will receive a certificate for each day they attend.

Please contact Jo Taylor ( if you would like more information.

Lay summary:
This is a report of the evaluation of a Health Research Awareness training package which was created for members of the public interested in getting involved with health research.

Purpose: The training objective was to offer an enjoyable and informative introduction to the processes involved in health care research and the ways in which members of the public could contribute to the process of research design and delivery. This is usually called ‘Patient and Public Involvement’, or PPI.
The reason for evaluating the training package, was to find out if the training delivered can increase the knowledge, understanding skills and hence confidence of the participants regarding their involvement in the research process.
This report has been written to provide documentary evidence of the findings of the evaluation and make suggestions to the delivery team.

Method and design: A team of people from the University of Huddersfield Public Partnership Group which includes members of the public and staff, hosted the training days and designed and carried out the evaluation.
They obtained ethical approval from the University to undertake the evaluation, and consent from the participants to gather data. They used surveys, interviews and observation to gather information about the training, and the participants’ experience.
15 people accepted the invitation to the training, of whom 13, who were currently involved in various Patient and Public Involvement work, were able to attend the first day, and 12 attended the whole package. All participants agreed to be involved in the evaluation.

Findings and recommendations: The evaluation revealed that the package was well designed, skilfully delivered, interesting and informative. There was a good balance between taught content and group work. All participants felt they understood more about the research process and had greater confidence in their ability to volunteer to get involved.
There was a lot of material to cover, making some slides complex and some activities rushed as well as leading to short breaks. There was a wide range of experience and expectations within the participants. Aspects of the arrangement of the room affected how comfortable participants felt.

We recommend reducing or simplifying some of the material to allow for a slower pace and more breaks. More time in introductions and different ways to gain group feedback, may also enhance enjoyment and attention. The venue is always important, and consideration to lighting, heating and seating arrangements will improve how comfortable people feel. A text book, or manual containing the materials in detail, would be a valuable addition, allowing those participants who would like to explore further the opportunity to do so.

Conclusion: The results indicated that the training package was enjoyable and did increase the participants' knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence. This report is accompanied by suggestions and recommendations.

You can read the full report here