Our approach to public involvement

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We are committed to providing the best care for patients, and research is just one way we can improve and develop the NHS services that we commission on your behalf.

This research is varied. It might be part of a national research study testing a new drug or technology, a service evaluation to help review services, or a pilot to test innovative treatments.

Patients’ experiences provide invaluable insight into how treatments are working, or whether things need to be improved. Their relatives’ and carers’ views also offer an incredibly important perspective.

How can you get involved? 

There are many ways to get involved in research. It could be as a participant in a study, or as a research partner helping to shape and deliver the research. To begin you can:

  • ask the person who is treating you if you can get involved in research – this could be your GP, consultant, surgeon, nurse or therapist 
  • visit the research section of your hospital or care provider’s website
  • visit the INVOLVE website – part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) which specialises in supporting greater public involvement in research
  • use your local research network, e.g. the Clinical Research Network West of England
  • use the National Institute for Health Research apps calling for research participants
  • visit NHS Choices to understand more about clinical and medical trials and which studies are recruiting 

If you don’t want to be involved in research but would like to share your experience, contact us using our online form.

More information

Locally, the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) provides CCGs in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire with expertise around research and development, service evaluation and using evidence.

For more information, please email the APCRC at research@apcrc.nhs.uk or visit their website: