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Useful links and further information

Resources and Guidance for Researchers:

INVOLVE

A good starting point is the INVOLVE guide "Briefing Notes for Researchers", available to download at http://www.invo.org.uk/resource-centre/resource-for-researchers/

This site also contains templates of useful documents, examples of case studies and guidelines of good practice. It is important to avoid "tokenistic" involvement, where researchers ask a patient to comment on an application, or join a steering group, without fully supporting the patient.

People and Research West of England

People and Research West of England is a collaborative initiative between local NHS organisations and universities to support researchers to involve the public in health and  social care research, and to support the public in getting involved. They also provide training and other events for both researchers and public.

'Going the Extra Mile'

The final report and recommendations to the Director General Research and Development/Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Department of Health of the 'Breaking Boundaries' strategic review of public involvement in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  Available to download at http://www.nihr.ac.uk/get-involved/Extra%20Mile2.pdf  (March 2015).