How do I become a member of the PPI Group?
Please complete the enquiry form in the Contact section of this site and a member of the BRC will be in contact with you to discuss your interests and what role you might like within the Patient and Public Involvement Group. If you prefer to phone, our number is also included in the Contact section.
I cannot attend one of the 'Ask the Researcher' events. Will materials be made available after the event?
Due to confidentiality and intellectual property considerations it may not be possible to circulate presentation materials from all of the events. Any materials which can be circulated will be included in the previous events section of the web site.
Will I get paid to be a member of the PPI group?
Membership of the PPI Group is voluntary although reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts for involvement activities. Please note that this does not include public engagement events such as ‘Ask The Researcher’ or 'OK to Ask' (you will however get a free lunch!). If you are unsure whether you are eligible for travel expenses please contact Kirste Mellish (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.
As a member of a study focus group or trial steering committee, payment may be available depending upon the study.
I am interested in the work of the group, but have a full time job and will not be able to attend meetings. How else can I become involved?
There are a number of ways that you can be involved even if you cannot attend any of the face-to-face meetings depending upon your specific interest and how much time you can spare. If you just want to be kept updated on the latest news from the group then please join our PPI mailing list by completing the enquiry form in the contact section of this site.
If you are wanting to become more involved then there will be specific projects, such as the review of Patient Information Sheets which accompany patient consent forms, which can be done via email. Feel free to contact us for a chat about how you could get involved.
When and where are group meetings usually held?
All ‘Ask The Researcher’ and Core Group meetings are held in the Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Centre, first floor, Chapel Allerton Hospital. Please see the Contact section of the web site for a map.
Currently, most meetings are held on a weekday during the day, although we have some evening events and are hoping to expand this in the future. Ask the Researcher events are held on a weekday afternoon at 12.30-2.30pm, and then later in the day at 6-8pm.