The Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) is part of the NHS. The role of the PCRN is to help facilitate research within the NHS. The PCRN believes that Patient and Public Involvement in research (PPI) is as an essential part of the process by which research should be identified, designed, conducted and disseminated. If you would like to know more, please visit the PCRN East of England web-site.
Whilst researchers need the expert knowledge and experience of a service or condition that patients and carers can provide; patients and carers can feel empowered by having an impact on research in an area that matters to them.
Patients and carers can become involved with research in many different ways. For example, patient feedback to researchers can help ensure that research focuses on what is relevant to those who will benefit from the findings; patients and carers can ensure protocols and materials are appropriate and understandable to the patients who will be using them. PPI groups can also help translate research results into language accessible by members of the public.
Please contact the surgery if you would like to know more about the medical research projects that the surgery is involved in.