It is important to recognise that researchers will need training about public involvement in research.
Junior researchers need training about public involvement in the same way as they need training about any other aspect of research – it can usefully be integrated into standard research training either as individual sessions (see case study one) or, for those most interested, postgraduate accredited courses (see case study two and case study three).
Senior researchers may benefit from training because public involvement is relatively new and they may have missed opportunities for training earlier in their career. Understanding involvement will help them support involvement across their research group and support their junior colleagues who are developing involvement in research projects. Taking part in short training courses may be helpful, such as the Compass Masterclass in consumer involvement or the one-day workshops described in case study one and case study four.
Training is particularly useful for researchers at key stages in their careers and/or at different stages of the research cycle (see Compass report) including when:
Preparing researchers for public involvement should: