Patient & Public Involvement in Research
The Oxford Cancer Research Patient and Public Advisory Group aims to provide a lay perspective through consultation with people affected by cancer, on a variety of cancer research projects.
Our involvement can be across the research cycle from concept, through trial design and delivery, to dissemination of results, working in partnership with scientists, researchers and clinicians.
Together we aim to improve access, relevance and understanding of cancer research, to benefit patients and their families now and in the future.
What is patient and public involvement in research?
Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research ensures that current and future research efforts meet the needs of people most affected by cancer.
Those with a lived experience of a cancer or of caring for someone with cancer have a unique and valuable viewpoint that most researchers do not have. PPI aims to support members of the public to share their experience gained as a patient, carer, or community member to help improve, shape and guide cancer research.
Why is it important?
At Oxford Cancer, we are committed to supporting PPI in research because we recognise the benefits of placing the needs and experiences of those affected by cancer at the heart of decision making.
To achieve this, we are building an inclusive community of patient and public representatives who are involved in the design and delivery of cutting-edge cancer research.
Who are we looking for?
Our patient and public community includes a range of people who have been impacted by cancer. This includes individuals with cancer, those cured of cancer, those at risk of cancer, current patients, as well as their carers, family, and friends.
We are always open to welcoming new members to the Oxford Cancer Patient and Public Involvement Group.
You do not need to know anything about research or to have any formal training to join the community.
Find out how our PPI panel has contributed to the Oxford cancer research community.
Meet Our Panel
Our panel is made up of members of the public who’ve been impacted by cancer.
By getting involved and sharing your personal insights, thoughts and experiences, you will help us to advance cancer research. As part of the PPI community, you will help to:
- Improve research outcomes
- Identify and help prioritise research themes which are important to you and your community
- Ensure that research projects are developed with patients and members of the public in mind.
If you are a member of the public and would like to contribute your experiences, knowledge and ideas to cancer research at Oxford, then please submit your interest to the PPI Lead using the link below. Patients & members of the public involved in helping researchers to develop their proposals have access to the ECMC PPI Reference Guide for the public.
If you are a researcher who would like to harness the benefits of PPI for your own project, please download and submit a project proposal form via the link below. You can find out how to best harness PPI for your work using the CRUK PPI Toolkit for researchers here.