Why We Need Patient and Public Involvement

The work of the NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Centre Bristol (CV-BRC) is carried out for the benefit of everyone and it is only worth doing if it is going to make a positive difference to people’s lives. To make sure of this we need people like you to get involved in helping guide the research that we do.

To be involved you don’t need any medical training or specialist knowledge, just some time to spare and a willingness to share your thoughts and ideas with us. WE want to work WITH YOU to find how your experiences and ideas can help steer our research.

There are two main ways of getting involved in the work of the CV-BRC. Together we can decide on how to best get involved.

- On a specific study
- On our Public and Patient Advisory Group (PAG) 

Get Involved

If you are interested in finding out more about our patient and public involvement work or getting involved then please register your interest here and we will get in touch. 

Alternatively, you can read our leaflets for the Young Persons Research Advisory GroupPatient and Public Advisory Group and Parent Advisory Group. 

Working in Partnership

 The CV-BRC work in collaboration with our partner organisations in the West of England:

People in Health West of England 

The CV-BRC work together with PHWE to ensure that we involve patients and public in our work in the best way possible. Working with PHWE means that our public contributors can access the learning and development programmes PHWE offer. The PHWE website gives further information as well as providing a portal for other useful resources.


INVOLVE is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. Their website provides guidance and other resources for public contributors as well as literature developed for researchers looking to involve PPI in their own work.


NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West

West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)

Bristol Health Partners (BHP)

NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Centre (CV-BRC)

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)