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Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

For our research to have a real impact on future NHS mental healthcare, we need the involvement and insight of patients, service users, carers, family members and the wider public.

In M-RIC, we have a dedicated team who bring together service users, carers, members of the public, researchers and healthcare professionals with the aim of improving the outcomes of our research.

Why is PPIE important in mental health research?

We aim to equally involve service users, carers, members of the public, mental health professionals and researchers.  Our local communities will therefore have a voice so they can shape and inform our plans.

Service users can provide invaluable support to our research by sharing their lived experience and insight and looking at our research plans through a different lens. This is vital to help widen the perspective of our mental health researchers and clinicians.

Patients, service users, carers and family members bring real-world and practical experiences that can ground discussions and shed light on crucial aspects. They can raise seemingly simple yet essential questions and offer insights based on their personal experiences as users of mental health services.

How can you get involved?

To get involved, you don’t need any medical experience or specialist knowledge. All you need is an interest in mental health research, some time to spare, and a willingness to share your thoughts and experiences with us.¬† To find out more about the opportunities available please complete the contact form to register your interest.


Watch a video of our Lead Service User Representative Don Bryant discussing how M-RIC is involving service users



Find out more about PPIE

Find a range of useful resources about PPIE on the National Institute for Health and Care Research website.

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