Public Research Involvement Forum

Our Public Research Involvement Forums take the form of virtual coffee/tea sessions and the aim is to create a space for members of the public interested in medical and clinical research to come together and have a chat. Each Forum is hosted by a member of the public that is currently involved in medical technology research, and they loosely steer the conversation in a broad theme. It is highly likely the conversation could veer off in any exciting or hilarious direction but we’ll try to stay a course that works for everyone.

What is the purpose of these events?

We would like to increase the awareness and understanding of what patients, carers and members of the public can contribute to the development of medical devices, and to how they are tested to make sure they are safe and they work.

We would also like to make sure that medical device developers make technology that is inclusive, and will deliver the same positive outcomes for all patients; as well as technology that is sustainable. We can only achieve this by having a large group of patient and public contributors to support us.

How it works

Our Public Research Involvement Forums will be held monthly. Each month will focus on a specific topic which our public contributors will explore in detail and you will be invited to respectfully share your experiences, concerns or ask any questions relating to the topic.

  • We intend to use the Zoom platform to deliver these sessions which will be recorded and shared on our YouTube channel and website.
  • If you do not want to be identified, you will be able to switch off your video and/or change your name on the video for that session. You can ask questions via the chat or Q&A windows.
  • If you are worried about your internet connection, we will provide a landline number to dial in to the session. The minutes used will be included in your mobile phone or landline plan, if your subscription includes at least 60 mins a month.

What’s in it for me?

You will hear from other patient and public contributors on the projects they have worked on, the tasks and activities they have been asked to do, as well as the outcome of their involvement.

We also expect that some researchers will understand these sessions, and they will also be able to tell you how the patient and public contribution has made a difference to their work.

What do I need to do now?

Please sign up to the topic and date of your choice (see list below) and spread details of this event within your community.