June 2014

Breaking boundaries: thinking differently about public involvement in research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is carrying out a strategic review of public involvement in health, social care and public health research to ‘examine future options for building an active collaboration with the public and making best use of their skills, knowledge and experience in the work of the NIHR.’  It is expected to define a vision and set clear goals for the next ten years.

Patients and the public, researchers and clinicians, the NIHR and other organisations, were asked to contribute their views with a particular focus on the innovations and new approaches that will help the NIHR break new ground plus the barriers and challenges to be overcome in this important area.  This paper is the submission of evidence from the INVOLVE Coordinating Centre to the Breaking Boundaries Review.