Support might be provided by a range of people, for example public involvement support staff, researchers on individual projects or other members of the panel.
Encourage peer support. Panel members can offer valuable support to each other, which can be encouraged by creating the right environment. This might involve:
Staff who work with research panels can be an essential source of support. They are likely to form strong relationships with panel members and can act as a bridge between the panel and researchers to help negotiate involvement roles and manage any problems. They need to be:
Staff who work with research panels can help researchers be clear about their support responsibilities. Researchers need to provide:
Providing additional support to new members. When relationships are already established, it can be difficult for a new person to integrate into the group and start working at the same level. The type of support that might be helpful includes: