BASHH/THT Lay Research Panel

Background Information

Organisations that fund research often require patient and public involvement (PPI) to be part of the projects they choose to fund. This requirement is based on the knowledge that PPI is key to ensuring the right research questions are being asked; that the conduct of research is patient-focused and that the results of research are communicated to the public and patients in an understandable way.

PPI has become increasingly popular within both medical and social research. The key principle is that the general public and/or people affected by the research topic are involved throughout the research, ensuring it is appropriate and acceptable.

The first stage of the research process is to develop a research proposal and bid for funding. It is important that PPI is included at this stage, as this can help ensure that the research design is relevant to the target population and that the researcher is able to communicate their ideas and intentions in a way that is meaningful to the general population. However, finding individuals to be involved at this stage can be a challenge in the sexual health research field. This is why BASHH and THT are setting up this lay research panel, made up of members of the general public, who will review research proposals and feedback to the researchers on their proposals.

Information for Researchers

Please find information about the panel below. If you would like to apply for a lay review of your project, then please download the application form, complete and send to: publicpanel@bashh.org

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Information for members of the public interested in applying to be a panel member

Please find information about the panel and an application form below. Applications should be sent to: publicpanel@bashh.org

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