NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre

Public & Patients

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement, or PPIE, is a programme of activity that connects people with research.

Through a range of activities we work with people and patients to inform, discuss, listen and make decisions about our research.

You could be part of this by:

You could be part of this by:

  • Sharing your views and experiences with researchers
  • Being a member of a governance group
  • Getting involved in creative projects
  • And much more

Find out how NIHR Manchester BRC is working with patients and the public to influence research

*Please note, the Public Programmes Team is now called VOCAL

Why is Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement important?

Our research benefits from the knowledge, views and experiences of people and patients. We involve patients and people in our work to improve the quality of our research, to ensure we meet everyone’s needs and focus on issues that matter to you.

We will:

  • Actively consult, listen to and involve people, patients, carers at all stages of our research
  • Inform, educate and stimulate thinking about our research
  • Involve patients, carers and people in decision-making processes within our governance and our research
  • Work collaboratively, flexibly, inclusively and respectfully to accommodate the needs, interests, concerns and aspirations of all


PPIE within the BRC is led by VOCAL, who bring people and researchers together for everyone’s benefit. Vocal is a not for profit organisation hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Manchester.

(Please note VOCAL used to be known as the Public Programmes team).


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