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Involving and engaging patients and the public in research

At the NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal BRU we place patients at the centre of all research carried out.

We are committed to involving patients and the public in a variety of ways through all stages of research. This ranges from providing accessible information, stimulating thinking about research with clear patient benefit, integrating public opinions into our work and empowering patients to contribute to our strategy.

This range of work is collectively known as patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI/E) and definitions of these terms are provided below.

Professor Ian Bruce, Dr Clare Griffin, Musculoskeletal Trials Manager and Chair of our Research User Group, Suzanne Moore

We use the definitions from INVOLVE, to distinguish between the different types of activity. Click on the terms below to find out more about the BRU's work:


where members of the public are actively involved in research projects and in research organisations (eg. working alongside researchers as co-applicants on a research project or as members of a project advisory or steering group).


where information and knowledge about research is provided and disseminated (eg. public open day at a research centre where the public can find out about research or raising awareness of BRU research via media coverage).


where people take part in a research study (eg. recruited to take part in a clinical trial).

We work with the Public Programmes team at CMFT to provide high quality and comprehensive public and patient involvement and engagement in the work that we do.

Find out more by downloading our strategy for involvement and engagement

Information Documents

Searchable Musculoskeletal Jargon Buster

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Poster

NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal BRU Overview Document

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