Patient and public involvement

We expect applicants to actively involve patients and the public in the design and conduct of clinical studies and trials. We recognise that the nature and extent of active patient and public involvement will vary depending on the context of each study.

When you submit a full application for a Clinical Study Grant, please complete the following forms and include them in your application PDF:

 Additional questions about patient and public involvement

Complete this section outlining how patient and public involvement has informed and/or influenced the development of your application, and how patients and the public will be involved in the proposed research. The term involvement refers to an active partnership between patients, members of the public and researchers in the research process.

Involvement can include, for example:

  • participation in the choice of research topics
  • assisting in the design of a clinical study (e.g. patient information resources or consent forms)
  • advising on practical aspects of the study (e.g. checking that the practical arrangements for participants are appropriate and that participation in the study is not overly burdensome)
  • assisting in carrying out the research (e.g. serving on a Trial Steering Committee)
  • improving the communication of findings to participants and the wider public (e.g. helping in the drafting of a plain English summary of findings).

Please note that this section does not refer to the recruitment of patients or members of the public as participants in the research.

For additional guidance about involving patients in clinical research, see the INVOLVE website, which lists resources and advice available.

You can also complete this form and send it back to our Patient Engagement Team at [email protected]. Tell us about your research study and how you’d like to involve people affected by heart disease and the team may be able to help promote it.

Clinical Study Plain English Summary

Please complete the Plain English Summary explaining your research.  Although the summary should be written in simple terms, please make sure that it contains enough detail for a lay reviewer to make an informed decision about the project.

 When writing your summary:

  • Avoid using jargon, abbreviations and technical terms wherever possible – if you have to use them provide a clear explanation
  • Avoid complicated English or uncommon words
  • Use active not passive phrases, for example say ‘we will do it’ rather than ‘it will be done by us’
  • Keep sentences short - try not to use more than 15 to 20 words per sentence
  • Break up the text, for example by using bullet point lists
  • Ask someone without a scientific background to read your draft and advise if anything is unclear.

You can find more tips on writing a good plain English summary on the 'make it clear' campaign website.