The Surgical MedTech Co-operative aims to ensure that technological innovation is focussed on patient and clinical needs from an early stage. We are proud to work with members of the public across all of our themes and at all levels, helping to ensure that our research is grounded in issues that matter to patients and society.
Our public members not only help steer and govern our work but they also help with additional input such as presenting our findings at conferences and helping us to develop our website and newsletter.
By public involvement we mean an active partnership between the public and researchers in the research process, not simply people being the subjects of research.
When we use the term ‘public’ we use the INVOLVE definition which include patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services.
Patient and Public Involvement contributors can make a difference to health research by:
- identifying new topics for research and ensuring that topics are relevant to patients, carers and members of the public
- making sure that researchers ask the right questions and in a way that the public understand
- keeping the research on track so that it stays relevant
- making sure the people being researched are approached in the right way
- improving the quality of the research by adding another point of view to the design and way that the research is carried out.