Our main aim is to transfer new emergency medicine practices developed in the military frontline to the NHS to improve outcomes for all patients. In addition, the SRMRC takes findings from the science lab to the patient’s bedside to improve emergency medicine practice in the military and civilian setting. Since the Centre’s start in 2011, civilian and military scientists have worked alongside civilian and military clinicians in a variety of specialist areas to improve the care and treatment of trauma patients.

Multiple studies are run from this Centre all year round by scientists and academics, combined with a team of dedicated research nurses and administrative staff. Through this, the Centre is able to tackle some of the biggest questions in trauma. At any one time, over 30 clinical trials are being delivered by the SRMRC’s 24/7 research team.

The Centre also benefits from its own Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) group. This is made up of former patients who have either suffered trauma or burn injury or have spent time in critical care as well as carers and members of the public. Their role is to provide feedback on any and all aspects of research from helping in the design of patient information sheets through to being a co-applicant on a grant bid. In 2018 the SRMRC appointed a dedicated PPI Lead to ensure that our valuable PPI group is supported and developed, to add value to all the work of the SRMRC.

Public involvement in research

Patients and the public can be involved in different parts of the research process and in different ways. We have an active PPI group here at the Centre who meet regularly and we also have opportunities for people to get involved in our individual research projects, working more closely with research teams.

Who can get involved in our research?

Anyone with an interest in our research can get involved and you don’t need any previous experience of working in research. You may have lived experience of being a trauma, burn or critical care patient yourself. Alternatively, you may be a carer, relative, partner or friend of someone who has. We also welcome members of the public or organisations/charities who share an interest in our research and would like to find out how they can become more involved.

Activities might include:

  • Suggesting research topics that are important to patients
  • Drawing on your own knowledge and experiences to offer a patient, carer or public voice as part of an advisory or steering group
  • Attending meetings with research teams and other PPI Contributors to discuss how the research is being carried out
  • Developing clear and easy to understand patient information leaflets
  • Looking at the results of a study and what they might mean to patients
  • Advising on the best way to share the findings of the research projects with patients and the wider public

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Institute for Translational Medicine, Research & Development - University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Heritage Building (Queen Elizabeth Hospital), Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham, B15 2TH

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Birmingham, West Midlands

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