Patient & Public Involvement & Engagement

Patient & Public Involvement & Engagement

HSRU is committed to making our research both relevant and accessible. 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. 

Award winning public engagement

We’re proud that members of HSRU public engagement group have won or were nominated for the following awards and prizes for their public engagement!



HSRU staff celebrate Excellence Awards 2022 nominations


Katie Banister and Samantha Wileman were joint winners in the Public Engagement with Research Awards


HSRU's Clare Robertson wins a Principal's Prize for Research and Engagement

3 HSRU staff members winners of the Principal's Prizes for Research and Engagement 2019

HSRU researchers win Principal's Prizes for Public Engagement with Research 2018

Public Engagement Group wins Marie Curie Award
HSRU staff member scores a public engagement with research prize hat trick

HSRU staff member recognised for contribution to public engagement with research for 2nd year running

Early Career Award for Outstanding Achievement awarded to HSRU's Dr Heather Morgan

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

Recent events highlights...

Hunting for Evidence with the Girl Guides

It can be hard for young people to assess the claims they see every day, on the news, radio, social media.  Are the claims true?  What is the evidence?  Is the evidence reliable?


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 us by email:

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  

Recent news about Patient and Public Involvement in HSRU

We were delighted to have a poster about our HSRU Public Involvement Partnership Group at a recent academic conference.  We developed this as a group of members of the public and would love to hear your feedback if you want to know more.  Please contact us on

You can click here to view the poster.

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

Public engagement 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.








If you like the sound of anything we have done before or have an idea for an event please get in touch with us by emailing