What is the North West People in Research Forum?

The North West People in Research Forum is devoted to supporting patient and public involvement (PPI) and public engagement (PE) in health and social care research in the North West.

We aim to:

  • support researchers to involve and engage patients and the public
  • support patients and members of the public who are, or wish to become, involved in health and social care research
  • share learning about PPI and PE in research
  • form a link between researchers and patients/public
  • raise awareness about health and social care research in the Region and opportunities to get involved.

We support existing initiatives as well as developing new ones. The Forum works across the North West – Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Cheshire.


What does it do?

The Forum was set up in October 2010.

Our first priorities are to:

  • organise meetings and events where learning about PPI and PE can be shared
  • help to share information about training about PPI and PE, for researchers and for patients and the public
  • develop a web resource so that people can share experience, learn and make links online


Who runs it?

The Forum is run by an equal partnership of members of the public and people who work in health and social care research. It is funded by the NHS Research and Development North West (NHS R&D NW) (part of the NHS),  the North West Research Design Service (part of the National Institute for Health Research) and the the Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (GM PSTRC).

You can find out more about the Forum Executive Committee here.


How can I get involved?

Please join the Forum – it’s free. There are two types of membership available:

  • Individual membership: Open to patients, former patients, informal carers, members of the public, researchers, research commissioners, research administrators, research managers etc.
  • Organisational membership: Open to NHS organisations, academic organisations, government agencies, commercial organisations, charities, patient/carer support groups etc.

You can see a list of the current organisational membership here.