The final version of the Public Involvement Standards have been launched to help improve the quality of involvement in health and social care research.

D4D have been involved in validating the standards through several routes and are pleased to be promoting the inclusion of high quality patient and public inclusion in medtech.

About the standards: The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Scotland, Health and Care Research Wales, and the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland invites people to use the UK Standards for Public Involvement in all types of research activity. People, teams and organisations in health research often ask ‘What does good public involvement in research look like?’. High quality public involvement can make a real difference to research and healthcare, however it needs to evolve and improve over time.

The UK Standards for Public Involvement have now been launched. They provide clear, concise statements of effective public involvement against which improvement can be assessed. The Partnership also want these standards to encourage approaches and behaviours that are the hallmark of good public involvement such as flexibility, sharing and learning and respect for each other. It is possible that some organisations will achieve many of the standards, others may achieve a few. Success is not about meeting all the standards all the time, but about improvement over time as experienced by all the people involved.

You can download the standards here: