We want greater community engagement in determining research priorities and a stronger relationship between local NIHR organisations and those communities.
As a step towards this INVOLVE and the Research Design Service (RDS) have launched the pilot Reaching Out programme. The purpose of the programme is to encourage the development of new public involvement and engagement relationships, and new or more effective approaches to building relationships, within communities in the RDS localities. The emphasis is on parts of the community who are not usually, or consistently, involved in health, social care and public health research. In doing this work, the partnership hopes to enable public and patient involvement and engagement workers across NIHR and other settings to work together more to achieve common objectives.
Ultimately, the work must support new or improved research partnerships and broadened involvement in research.
We are delighted to announce that four projects have received funding.