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The Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research is seeking to establish a pool of patients and members of the public who could contribute to a research development steering committee.
 
What does taking part involve?
If you were to agree to join our pool of patients and members of the public, you would need to commit to attending at least two of the four research development workshops held throughout the year. You can select which two are most convenient. At the research development workshop, members of staff at the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences will have an opportunity to present a research idea to you, and other members of staff (who will also be members of the steering committee). The committee will than have the chance to ask questions, pass comment and engage in discussion on the topic area, its importance, any ethical issues and the techniques used. All this will be documented and a report will be sent to the research team.
 
There is also the opportunity for you to extend your involvement in particular research projects that are of interest to you. This could include helping the team construct the funding application, or being a member of the research team by collecting and analysing data.
 
Do I need any training?
You will be required to attend a day long training session on multiple aspects of research to equip you with the necessary skills and expertise. This training will be updated every two years. Additional training may be available as and when required. It is very important to recognise that as patients and members of the public, you already come with a valuable perspective.
 
What do I get out of it?
This is an excellent opportunity for you to contribute to the development of research projects, that tackle current health challenges that you think are valuable. You will develop new skills as part of the process and meet new people. Your travel expenses will be covered and refreshments will be provided. A nominal fee for your time will also be paid to you.
 
What do I do next?
If you are considering volunteering or would like to find out more information, please contact Sarahjane Jones, Sarahjane.jones@bcu.ac.uk +44 (0)121 331 7041.