Patient and public involvement (PPI)

Patient and public involvement (PPI) is crucial for research into all health conditions, but there are particular issues researchers need to think about when they're planning research studies in mental health. On this page we share perspectives from public contributors, mental health researchers and funding panel members on what good patient and public involvement is in mental health research, and the resources that are out there to support researchers to do it well.

The videos below feature experienced contributors in mental health research talking to researchers about their role. The conversations offer lots of useful insight and guidance for researchers.

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PPI: researcher perspectives

Heather Boult interviews Dr Simon Hackett - an art therapist and researcher, about his experiences of PPI, including the important lessons he learnt setting up a new PPI group.

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Top links and resources mentioned in the conversation

Publication: what does good look like in practice

In the conversation, Heather refers to the publication that she co-authored:  - filled with important principles and practical tips.

PPI group example from NIHR ARC South West Peninsula

Heather is a member of her local Patient and Public Involvement Group: PenPEG
Researchers are encouraged to connect with similar groups via their local NHR Research Design Service.

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