The NIHR, Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) programmes fund valuable independent research for health and social care decision-makers. These programmes are a key part of a portfolio of work managed by the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), based at the University of Southampton. We manage the identifying, prioritising, funding, delivery, publication, and dissemination of high-quality research and lead other NIHR initiatives to meet the needs of the public, patients and the NHS. 

Our programmes form an essential component of health research in the UK, and their projects’ results provide information of immediate value to healthcare decision- and policy-making. At NETSCC, we strive to identify opportunities to add value at every stage and every level of the research process. One way that we do this is by using a ‘needs-led, science-added’ approach – a set of principles intended to ensure that the research is of the highest possible value to decision-makers, and that it provides real benefits to patients, the NHS and public health. Our panels and boards apply knowledge, expertise and methods to support the scientific quality of proposals and funded research to ensure that it answers important questions relevant to clinicians, patients and the public.

Public involvement in research

Public involvement is an essential part of the development of modern health and social care services. Research that reflects the needs and views of the public is more likely to produce results that can be used to improve health and social care.

Not all of our research is about ‘high tech’ medicine or clinical interventions. Some projects look at the health of whole communities or at how health and social care services are best organised for people who may need them. We need the opinions and personal experience of members of the public, patients and carers to balance the advice we receive from clinicians, researchers and other professionals.

We need people with everyday experience of health, education, social care or services delivered in your home or near where you live. We often look for people who have experience of specific health services as a patient or carer, and who have an interest in research. We welcome individuals and representatives of voluntary organisations and patient groups.

Visit our PPI opportunities with the NETS programmes page for more details.

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University of Southampton, Alpha House, Enterprise Road, Southampton SO16 7NS

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