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UH Bristol and other local PPI in research groups

PPI at UH Bristol and local Partners: PPI groups and examples of how people have been, and are being, involved.

This is a live list of current local groups, initiatives and other examples of how PPI is embedded in research. If you have an example you would like to share (or make any other comments), please contact: 


Professors Sarah Hewlett and John Kirwan have a long standing partnership with patients in the development of research into rheumatoid arthritis. Their active patient partners and advisory group meets regularly and is involved in all stages of the research process, from initiating research questions to analysing and interpreting results.


The musculoskeletal research group, based at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust, led by Professors Ashley Blom and Jon Tobias, has had an active Patient Experience Partnership in Research group (PEP-R) since 2010. Group members have had, or are having, treatment for musculoskeletal health conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis. The PEP-R group meet every two months and use their expertise as service-users to help design, develop, refine and disseminate research projects.

Bristol NIHR Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in Nutrition, diet and Lifestyle including Obesity

The Nutrition BRU performs patient-focused early phase experimental clinical research with the aim of pulling basic scientific discoveries into large clinical research studies to benefit for patients and the NHS. The BRU has four main themes: (i) nutrition in people with prostate cancer, (ii) optimising nutrition in children with chronic disease, (iii) pre and post-surgical feeding, and (iv) sedentary behaviour in people with diabetes. The aim is to have active PPI in each theme, together with an annual PPI meeting. More on PPI in the Nutrition BRU>>

Bristol Health Partners (BHP) Health Integration Teams (HITS)

HITs are cross-organisational and interdisciplinary groups set up to harness research, innovation, education, healthcare and prevention strengths to improve health outcomes. They are tackling major health priorities by working together in a new integrated way. Active PPI in research is a requirement of the HITS. To find out more about the HITS and PPI please visit the BHP website.