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 this spring?
HSRU Public Engagement Group members will be taking part in 'A Trial at Sea! at Mayfest. More details to follow soon.
Recent events highlights...
Our mission with Exploratrial was simple: talk to people about trials. With each inquisitive glance, every passing chat, we could share not only the work of our unit, but also the key role that trials play in health care research. To explain that, in fact, improving healthcare is something we can all do, together. And to counter negative stereotypes which can be associated with the word “trial”, pulling off the monster mask of bad press to reveal its human face all along.
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.
- Katie Banister will be presenting at the NHSG Annual Research Conference on 4th December 2018
- Café Scientifique: Clinical Trials: The Gold Standard?
- Café MED - Informing Health Policy: Is it time to celebrate or innovate?
- PechaKucha Aberdeen at Explorathon
- Roll up, roll up - it's Snappy Science
- Politics of the Tooth Fairy at the Edinburgh Fringe
- HSRU's researchers win Principal's Prizes for Public Engagement with Research 2018
- Public Engagement Group take Exploratrial to Explorathon 2018
- 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