Patient Advisory Group
Patient and public involvement in research happens when members of the public and those that use services get actively involved in research. We welcome patients, carers and groups/organisations that represent the people who use health and social care services and wish to get involved to provide the patients perspective of how they might feel with a diagnosis or treatment approach.
Patients and carers that use or have an interest in cardiovascular services and those involved in cardiovascular service provision can provide important information on areas where new technologies could be developed or comment on the potential of new devices developed by the NIHR Cardiovascular Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC).
The HTC has worked alongside the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) to establish the Cardiovascular Research Advisory Group (CRAG). This group meets every three months and includes people with an interest in cardiovascular care and services.
The remit of the group is to:
- be the public/patient voice in the development, monitoring and evaluation of cardiovascular research projects both local and national
- act as an advisory body to professionals wishing to produce research proposals for areas of cardiovascular research
- act as an advisory body to cardiovascular and supportive clinicians/researchers (i.e. rehabilitation and heart failure services) seeking to educate service users and the general public about cardiovascular research
- provide the public/patient voice for steering committees as part of cardiovascular research studies.
There are many different parts to research and the HTC has a variety of activities that people can get involved in depending on their interests and availability, including:
- providing a patients perspective on the projects supported by the HTC
- commenting on and developing information leaflets and other methods of communication for patients and the public
- helping to champion projects and potential products developed by the HTC.
We understand that individuals will have different amounts of time to set aside. Contact us to discuss how you can take part and how much time you could provide.