The IMSR is passionate about including diverse public, patient and lived experience voices in our work. We are developing a number of advisory and involvement groups that support us with research through consultation, collaboration and involvement activities. Existing partnerships also continue to be refined to bring together groups interested in specific research themes, healthcare conditions or types of activity.

For example, we are very interested in collaborating with volunteers who have…

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Current or Past Lived Experience of:

  • Diabetes including gestational diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Endocrine conditions e.g. hyperthyroidism, adrenal cancer
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Miscarriage
  • Epilepsy

This can include those who provide emotional and practical support to people living with those conditions, such as partners, parents or charity representatives. We are also interested in the perspectives of healthcare professionals who may support people with these conditions in a professional capacity e.g. nurses, social workers and doctors.

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Current or Past Work Experience in:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Healthcare
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Community & Charity Work
  • Fundraising
  • Public & Patient Engagement


In some cases we are not looking for any specific expertise, just an enthusiasm to be involved, so get in touch if you are unsure and would like to know more. So, what does ‘involvement’ mean in practice? It could be lots of different things, but some examples include:

  • Working with researchers to develop appropriate public engagement and involvement opportunities for their research projects
  • Providing an authentic and fresh perspective which encourages researchers to think about the societal problems their research is addressing including patient priorities
  • Commenting on language used in public-facing communications to ensure that plain English is used where necessary
  • Reviewing and helping write grant applications and proposals including lay summaries
  • Collaborating with researchers to design public engagement events, including creative activities which bring together science and the arts
  • Helping researchers prepare and practice for public presentations, interviews or outreach activities
  • Facilitating engagement with specific non-academic communities, for example local schools, patient groups, community groups or societies
  • Assisting researchers to make use of social media or other networks in communicating with the public
  • Sharing public platforms with us to ensure lived experience and public perspectives are represented when we take part in media interviews, panel discussions or open day visits
  • Supporting training or workshops aimed at helping researchers develop skills in public engagement
  • Membership of steering or advisory committees, working groups and workshops

If the opportunity to join one of our groups interests you, get in touch with Caroline Gillett, IMSR Community & Public Engagement Manager: We can’t guarantee you will be selected for a particular project, as this depends on several factors including what work is needed when, but we can make note of your interest and contact you if new opportunities crop up.