This jargon buster or glossary of words contains the definitions of some of the terms commonly used in public involvement in research. It is not a complete list of all the words you might come across. The original definitions were developed for INVOLVE by TwoCan Associates working in consultation with a panel of researchers and a panel of people who use services, and we add to them continually.
The jargon buster can be searched by clicking on one of the letters below or browsing all terms.
The term ‘lay’ means non-professional. In research, it refers to the people who are neither academic researchers nor health or social care professionals.
A lay summary is a brief summary of a research project or a research proposal that has been written for members of the public, rather than researchers or professionals. It should be written in plain English, avoid the use of jargon and explain any technical terms that have to be included.
A person who gives written informed consent on behalf of a vulnerable subject in a CTIMP as defined in Schedule 1, Part 1 (2) of The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations, as amended.
If the main sponsor of a clinical trial with a medicinal product is not based in the European Economic Area (EEA), for example, an American or Japanese company, it is a statutory requirement to appoint a legal representative based in the EEA for the purposes of the trial.
The legal representative:
Letters of access enable NHS employees or staff with an honorary clinical contract (e.g. clinical academics) with one NHS organisation to conduct research in another NHS organisation.
Local Research Network
Leadership Support & Development Programme