Patient & Public Involvement

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Bone & Joint Health

Research isn’t just for researchers!
We have several ways current and previous patients and the public can get involved in our mission. Through taking part in one of our studies, joining our advisory group to shape our research or sharing your thoughts on how we can improve care via our social media channels. We are always keen to hear from people who have an interest in bone and joint health. If you would like to join our Public Avisory group, simply click on the ‘join us’ button below. Alternatively you can contact us by email.

Bone & Joint Health

Public Advisory Group

This group brings together people who are interested in bone & joint health along with people who use or may use our clinical services across North East London. Our aim is to actively involve patients and the public in co-producing our research studies working with our teams at every step from design, delivery and sharing findings.

What does our advisory group do?

Any one or sometimes all of the below!

  • Help decide our research priorities
  • Help in the development of research proposals
  • Monitor ongoing projects and advise on how best to invite people to take part
  • Help share results of our research
  • Review bone & joint research and help guide social media and blog posts

Why Get Involved?

  • You will understand what happens behind the scenes of research. Your input will be valuable and you will be contributing to helping those with bone & joint conditions

How do we support our panel?

  • We provide everyone with training on research processes
  • We are flexible with how we run our meetings with a mix of face to face and virtual meetings
  • We include those who do not speak English as a first language by offering translation services
  • Out of pocket expenses such as travel will be reimbursed in line with our local policies

For more information about being involved in research, the National Institute of Health Research has lots of resources.

You can read more about what has motivated others to get involved with research at HealthTalk.

Helpful Resources

PPI Guide

PPI December 2023 Newsletter

Take part in


We run a number of studies across Barts Health that include people with bone and joint conditions. We also work closely with other groups; there are many opportunities to take part in research.

We also work with the Barts Biobank in collecting tissue, bone and cartilage that would normally be discarded. These samples are processed and then used in research to help us understand more about certain conditions that affect bones & joints. A member of the research team may talk to you about this before an operation and give you more information.

Take a look at the studies we are currently running and partcipating in.

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Further Reading

Participation is Multifaceted

Participation is Multifaceted

Through my lived experiences in working with residents, patients, service users, clinicians, researchers, and minority communities I have gained a wealth of understanding about how they work best.

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Discover Bone & Joint Health at the Festival of Communities

Discover Bone & Joint Health at the Festival of Communities

The Festival of Communities is an annual event that celebrates everything that makes East London a fantastic place to live and work. It brings together hands-on demonstrations of local research and services, loads of fun family activities, food stalls, and games, to create two-days of fun for all ages and interests!

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