Become a Community Partner
*Please note applications for this role have now closed*
We are looking for people who live, work or study in North West London who are passionate about sharing their valuable lived experience of health to become Community Partners to help improve research and the health of the North West London community.
As a Community Partner you would be working with researchers and health professionals who are part of the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, a collaboration between Imperial College. London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
On this page you can find more about the Community Partner role.
Apply to be a Community Partner
Expressions of interest fro this opportunity have now closed, but if you are intereted in learning more about this role and future opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7594 3822
What is the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre?
The Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (Imperial BRC) is funded by the National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) and is a network of researchers and health professionals who work across Imperial College, London (a University) and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (a group of 5 hospitals).
The aim of the Centre is to develop new treatments, diagnostic tests, and medical technologies (e.g., health monitoring apps) for the benefit of patients, the public, and the health and care services in North West London.
You can find out more about the Imperial BRC on their website.
What does being a community partner involve?
The role will take up to 30 hours of your time for 12 months from Feb 2023, with the possibility for extension. As part of the role, you will:
- work in partnership with researchers and health professionals within one of the research areas in the graphic below
- share your lived experience related to one of the research areas (below), either as a patient, carer or family member
- ask questions as a 'critical friend' to make researchers work more relevant to the North West London Community
- provide advice on ways researchers and health professionals can engage and involve people within North West London to make sure their work
Your involvement will be flexible, and you will be able to decide what activities you would like to get involved in, depending on your preferences and capacity. Involvement might include sharing your experience and views by:
- attending either face-to-face, remote, or hybrid group meetings with other community partners, researchers, and health professionals
- having 1-to-1 phone/video calls with researchers and/or health professionals
- providing your feedback on relevant documents (e.g., strategy documents, public-facing reports) over email
Who are you looking for to be a Community Partner?
- is 17 years or older
- lives, works, or studies in North West London (for our work, this includes the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow or Westminster)
- has community connections in North West London. You may be part of a community organisation, charity or group linked to your faith, health condition, age, sexual identity, ethnicity, or geographical location
- has current experience related to our research areas
- be passionate about improving the health of the local community
- is willing to learn and attend training (for which you will be paid), you don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of research
- be able to work as part of a team
- be comfortable speaking in front of others
- be comfortable providing feedback (from your lived experience) on written material which may be provided via email or post
Why become a Community Partner?
- Your lived experience is valuable & can help improve research & health outcomes for the North West London community
- Work with local researchers, clinicians & other members of the local community
- Share the views of your community to shape research priorities
- Hear about the latest developments in health diagnosis & treatment
- Learn about health and research
- Meet other people who want to improve the health of the local community
How many Community Partners are you looking for?
We aim to identify up to 6 community partners for each of the research areas.
What support will I get as a Community Partner?
In addition to receiving payment for your time and expenses to undertakeing the role we will also:
- Regularly ask you about any training and development needs, and seek to offer relevant and accessible training
- Give you a point-of-contact who you can contact throughout the role with any questions
- Provide support and access to resources required to fulfil the role
- Keep you updated with any relevant information or upcoming meetings/events relating to the research theme
- Send you (by the method you request) any relevant information and/or event details in a timely manner
- Provide notes from meetings promptly
- Answer any questions you may have
- Provide regular feedback on the changes made as a result of your feedback.
How will you choose who becomes a Community Partner and what happens next?
Everyone who has applied for the role will hear about the outcome of their application by 27th January 2023.
If the number of people who apply to be a Community Partner is more than the number of roles available, we will select individual/s based on relevance of their lived experience to the research area
Further, to address the current issue of under-representation in research we will also aim to include people of various ages, ethnicities, and experiences, as well as those who may not have previously been involved with Imperial College, London or Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust in research.
Those who are shortlisted to be a Community Partner will be asked to join a short phone/video call at a time convenient to them, to hear more about the role and to share a bit more about their experience in order to assist us with selection for the roles.
I’m not sure the Community Partner role is right for me but I still want to get involved in research?
No problem, we frequently share opportunities to get involved in research, as well as details of relevant events, through our Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre mailing list which you can sign up to here.
Where can I find out more about getting involved in research?
The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) also have a public information pack which explains how to get involved in research, including ways you can involved and what ‘involvement’ means. You can access the pack here.