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 netsppi@southampton.ac.uk 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

The PHR Programme currently has an opportunity for a public contributor to join its Research Funding Board.

The closing date for applications for the PHR role is Friday 26 September 2014.

Reference Group membership

We currently have an opportunity for a member of the public to join our PPI Reference Group.

For more details please see the information pack (pdf, 206.44 KB).

The current version of our public and patient involvement framework of standards (pdf,ffv1, 36.46 KB) outlines the ways in which we involve patients and the public and how we are working to meet these standards.

Download the application form (doc, 134 KB). The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30 September 2014. Interviews will be held on Friday 24 October 2014.

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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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