Patient and Public Involvement

Public Involvement in research within the Centre for Surgical Research

At the Centre for Surgical Research we actively engage with the public and encourage their involvement in the work we do. This ensures that our research focuses on what patients and the public find important and helps to ensure our research is of the highest quality.

To deliver successful studies, members of the public are involved in a whole range of research activities, including helping to develop research ideas, applying for funding and ethics approval, sitting on advisory groups, carrying out the research and communicating the study findings. Our main public involvement group meets regularly face-to-face to discuss and collaborate on research activities within the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), which is linked to the Centre. Many of our individual studies also have their own specific public involvement groups to help steer the study. In the ROMIO (Randomised Oesophagectomy: Minimally Invasive or Open) feasibility study for example, public contributors helped to plan and secure funding for the study, design patient-facing documents such as study information leaflets, explore how to improve patient questionnaire completion, co-author study publications and gain funding for a subsequent main study.

Our approach to public involvement in research maps to the vision of INVOLVE, a national advisory group that aims to support active public involvement in NHS research. Further information about INVOLVE and guidance about public involvement in research can be found here



Contributors for our studies

We are always looking for new public contributors for our studies. If you are interested in being part of a public involvement group or would like to discuss public involvement in your study, please contact our public involvement team at

BRC public engagement day

"There's an urgent need to improve how innovative surgical and invasive procedures are introduced and monitored in the NHS – we are working hard to do this. We hope that the giant game of Operation will be a fun way to get the public thinking about some serious issues, about how we make surgery safe and consistent across the NHS." Professor Jane M Blazeby FMedSci 

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