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Patient and Public Involvement

The NRS Mental Health Network plays a central role in supporting mental health research of all kinds in Scotland. 

Our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Strategy, soon to be published, will lay out the outcomes we hope to achieve within the field of PPI over the next few years. 

What does PPI mean? 

Patient and public involvement in research means research that is done 'with' or 'by' the public, not 'to', 'about', or 'for' them. It means that patients or other people with relevant experience contribute to how research is designed, conducted, or disseminated. It does not refer to research participants taking part in a study. 

Our Network PPI goals

  1. To engage with the public to involve them in mental health research
  2. To improve public awareness and understanding of mental health research across Scotland
  3. To build relationships with key groups including people with lived experience, car givers, third-sector organisations, clinicians, academics and industry. 
  4. Actively support and promote involvement and engagement in mental health research across Scotland
  5. Report regularly on our involvement and engagement activities

We are always recruiting to our PPI group - if you are interested in finding out more, please do get in touch,

As PPI is now a requirement in most mental health research trials, the Network now employs both a Peer researcher and an Involvement Worker to help support Scottish mental health researchers with PPI and other lived experience roles. 

Suzy Syrett, the Network Peer Researcher explains a bit more about her role