At the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), we are committed to making our research both relevant and accessible.
We are a large research department based at the University of Aberdeen. The focus of our work is to find better ways of delivering healthcare. Patients and the public are at the centre of what we do, and there are lots of opportunities for patients and the public to be involved with, and to find out about, our research.
We involve stakeholders, including patient and the public, in our projects from the earliest stage possible. This helps us to make sure we are asking and answering research questions that are important for patients and society.
We also have a fun and lively public engagement group who run events throughout the year. As a department, we actively seek and create opportunities to engage with the public in different ways.
If you'd like to read about the types of research we do please click here to browse our research pages.
Please click on the tabs below to expand and find out more about our events and how you can become involved.
- Public involvement in our research
What is patient and public involvement?
Patient and Public Involvement (also called PPI) is the term we use to describe working with members of the public, as an integral part of our research. Patients are at the centre of clinical decisions so it follows that patients and service users are at the centre of our research development to discuss and inform “What matters to you?”
How can I be involved?
Are you interested in being involved with our work?
We are always looking for patients and members of the public to advise us and join our research teams - to put the voice of patients and the public at the heart of our research. Based at the Health Services Research Unit in Aberdeen University, Foresterhill Campus, we carry out a wide range of healthcare research and clinical trials. Find out more by following us on twitter @hsru_aberdeen
What skills do you need?
Interest and enthusiasm, a bit of spare time and willingness to speak up.
If you would like to volunteer please download our sign up sheet by clicking here and email it to Katie Banister, our Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Co-ordinator. You can also contact Katie directly for a chat on 01224 438092 or drop her an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I find out more about being a research participant?
Our clinical trials unit (CHaRT) runs a large portfolio of clinical trials. You can find out more about our current trials here
- Events for the public
Our public engagement group is a fun, dynamic team of staff from many different backgrounds. We think it is important to make health services research accessible and run events out and about throughout the year for the public. Many of our events are run in collaboration with the University's Public Engagement with Research Unit.
You can keep up to date by following us on twitter @hsru_aberdeen
Our upcoming events...
Looking for some fun activities for Autumn?
Come along to the Tempo Cafe in the Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen on Wednesday 31 October at 7pm for a discussion for the public - Should participation in clinical trials be compulsory?
The results of clinical trials help professionals and patients make evidence-based decisions about our healthcare. Encouraging people to take part and remain in trials is difficult, but everyone could benefit from the information they provide. So, should trial participation be compulsory?
Recent events highlights...
Our own Beatriz Goulao, statistician and PhD student at HSRU, opened the event, held as part of the uyniversity of Aberdeen May festivals Programme, with her talk, ‘Stats is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’. Beatriz cleverly used chocolate to bring in crowds and facilitate her explanation of statistical concepts linked to trials. Beatriz also used ideas familiar to the public to demystify stats – in one example she used the Gay Gordon’s dance to demonstrate issues with sample sizes, explaining that with too many or too few people, the dance simply does not work. After word got round the King’s Lawn that there were chocolate bars to be won by those able to evaluate study quality using general stats guidance given by Beatriz, the crowds soon gathered.
Click on recent activities below to see what else we have been up to recently!
If you like the sound of anything we have done before, or have an idea for an event, please get in touch with Katie Banister, our Public Involvement and Engagement Co-ordinator. You can contact Katie directly for a chat on 01224 438092 or drop her an email: email@example.com
- Recent activities
We run many events during the year. Click on any of the links below to find out more about our recent events and activities.
- HSRU Public Engagement Group Video - A trial at sea - released on YouTube
- Society and teenagers - How statistics reveal the changes in young people's lives through the last century.
- Food for Thought in Malawi/Mamalita Forum
- Using Chocolate Bars and Scottish Dancing to Explain Trial Statistics
- Celebrations for International Clinical Trials Day 2018
- A fun, clinical trials themed, event for primary school children - 22-23 May
- International Clinical Trials Day - 20th May
- HSRU Public Engagement Group become 'elf evidence detectives' for Christmas school activity
- Explorapolo at Explorathon 2017
- HSRU goes to Maths Week
- HSRU Public Engagement group at TechFest Activity Weekend 2017
- Heather Morgan has scored a public engagement with research prize hat trick
- Public Engagement Group wins Marie Curie Award
- International Clinical Trials Day 2017: HSRU's contribution to celebrations
- Our public engagement team at May Festival 2017
- Using 'Explorachoc' to engage the public with clinical trials and health services research
- Staff and students recognised for public engagement with research
- Heather Morgan recognised for contribution to public engagement with research for 2nd year running
If you like the sound of anything we have done before or have an idea for an event please get in touch with Katie Banister, our Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Co-ordinator. You can contact Katie directly for a chat on 01224 438092 or drop her an email firstname.lastname@example.org