National Institute of Health Research

PPI opportunities in NETS


As a public reviewer, you would be invited to look at a commissioning brief or research proposal related to your own area of experience and answer some key questions to inform the board or panel. Each job is a stand-alone task, which will be sent to you to do in your own time, to an agreed deadline.

When we are looking for a public contributor to review, we look for an individual with direct personal experience of the research topic, whether that is as a carer, patient or user of services. If you are interested in reviewing in an area which relates to your paid employment, then this role is probably not for you but if you are unsure then please do contact us.

If you are enquiring for the first time about becoming a public reviewer, you will have an informal telephone call with a member of our PPI team to make sure we have a good understanding of your areas of experience and knowledge. We will then add you to our database, which is used by staff across all the programmes in NETSCC when seeking public reviewers. The database of registered reviewers is where we look first for someone to contribute this perspective. It may be a while until the topics you are interested in come up, but we are very grateful to the people who register.

Sign up and register your interest at any time - there is no need to wait for an advert or invitation. Email us on or call a member of our team on 02380 599302.

“It has been one of the most rewarding activities and I have enjoyed each and every proposal I have reviewed. I have gained so much knowledge in all areas of Health Research which includes research design and methodology, financing health research and methods of disseminating the findings.”

Ann Brown, Public reviewer

Board and Panel membership

Join the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Prioritisation panels

We currently have a number of opportunities for public contributors on our Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Prioritisation panels.

These are key roles which ensure that the public are actively involved in discussions and decisions on the prioritisation of our health research.  As a patient/public panel member you will help to identify and raise issues from the perspective of patients and the public that are relevant to the research.

The HTA Programme produces independent research about the effectiveness of different healthcare treatments and tests for those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS. It identifies the most important questions that the NHS needs the answers to by consulting widely with these groups, and commissions the research it thinks is most important through different funding routes. For more information about the programme please see our remit pages.

More information on the HTA Prioritisation panel roles (pdf, 97.84 KB) Link open in a new window
Application form (docx, 103.65 KB) Link open in a new window

The closing date for applications is 13 March 2015.

Reference Group membership

We currently don't have any opportunities for public contributors to join the PPI Reference Group.

Make a research suggestion

Whether as a patient or health professional, a carer, health services manager or interested member of the public, your perspectives are valuable to us. We want to hear from individuals as well as organisations, so if you know of an area where new research evidence could make a real difference, please let us know through our Make a research suggestion webform.


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