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 023 8059 9302.

“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 a panel or board as a public contributor

We currently have eight opportunities for public members on the NIHR Health Teachnology Assessment programme's panels and boards.

For more information about the roles and to apply:

HTA panel information (pdf, 100.11 KB)Link open in a new window

HTA board information (pdf, 101.06 KB)Link open in a new window

HTA panel and board application form (docx, 96.86 KB)Link open in a new window

An induction and training will be provided for successful applicants.

The closing date for applications is Monday 20 March 2017. If you are shortlisted for this role telephone interviews will take place in May 2017. 

Reference Group membership

We currently have an opportunity to join the PPI reference group.

For more information about the role and to apply:

PPI reference group application form (doc, 143 KB)Link open in a new window

PPI reference group terms of reference (doc, 29 KB)Link open in a new window

PPI reference group role description and person specification (docx, 282.89 KB)Link open in a new window


The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th February 2017. Interviews will be held on April 6th in London. An induction  will be provided for successful applicants.

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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We currently do not have any opportunities available.


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