DescriptionThe North West People in Research Forum is devoted to supporting patient and public involvement (PPI) and public engagement (PE) in health and social care research in the North West of England. The Forum was launched as a membership organisation in early 2011. Its membership is a diverse group of patients, public, service user researchers, researchers from universities and hospital trusts, research managers, study coordinators, research nurses, and patient and public involvement and engagement specialists. It also has a wide organisational membership, including all of the Clinical Research Networks and Comprehensive Local Research Networks in the North West, as well as a number of university faculties, hospital trusts, charities and patient and public involvement groups. The Forum is run by an Executive Committee that is an equal partnership of patients and public, and people who work in health and/or social care research. It is funded by the North West NHS Research & Development team, the North West Research Design Service, and the Cheshire & Merseyside and Cumbria & Lancashire Comprehensive Local Research Networks. The Executive Committee establishes working groups to take forward prioritised objectives. The Forum currently has communications, training and events working groups, which are also made up of equal partnerships of public and ‘professional’ members.