Are you interested in becoming a public advisor to the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre?

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The role

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated members of the public (including patients and carers) who live or work in North or West London to become a public advisor to join the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre's (BRC) existing Public Advisory Panel. 

This will include:

  • providing your opinions and perspectives at an early stage of the Imperial BRC's medical research projects to ensure that the public/patient/carer perspective is taken into account 
  • being a strategic advisor on patient and public involvement* and engagement** (PPIE) to the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) (a core facility of the Imperial BRC) as well as to the Imperial BRC 
  • co-developing and co-delivering training on patient and public involvement 
  • promoting and advising on ways to reach and involve diverse and seldom heard people and communities in the research of the Imperial BRC.

Do I need to have experience?
We are looking for people who can provide a public perspective (this would mean you are not currently working as a healthcare professional, or have in the past) and encourage interest from young people and those from diverse communities.

No specific experience and/or understanding of the research themes covered by the Imperial BRC (see list above) is required. However, we would prefer if applicants had:

  • some experience of medical research, whether as a participant in a research study, a carer/relative of someone who participated in research or if you have been involved in shaping or informing research (i.e. "public involvement"*)
  • links with a community group(s) or network(s)

What does being "involved" in research mean?

"Involvement" does not mean being a subject or participant in a research study or clinical trial.

“*Public involvement” is when the public* is actively involved in specific research projects or research in general to help shape the research. Research is carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.

"**Public engagement" is providing and disseminating information and knowledge about research to the public including discussing and consulting the public.

 *Public includes patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services. (NIHR INVOLVE)

What is the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre?

The Imperial BRC is a research partnership between Imperial College, London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. It is currently funded by a five year grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) until March 2022 and serves a highly ethnically diverse population of 2.3 million people in North-West London. The public, including patients and carers, are at the heart of the Imperial BRC and ensuring their involvement, engagement and participation in research is a key priority.

The Imperial BRC's research themes include:

  • Brain Sciences – improving understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and stroke.
  • Cancer– improving personalised cancer and leukaemia care by identifying: markers within the body to help with individual care; and treatments to overcome resistance to currently-used drugs.
  • Cardiovascular – this theme researches atherosclerosis, serious coronary events, genetic disease, abnormal haemorrhage/stroke syndromes, and heart failure. 
  • Gut Health - new areas of experimental gastroenterology for conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), pouchitis, obesity and allergies.
  • Immunology (study of the immune system) - improving the diagnosis and treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, renal transplantation and glomerular, and chronic kidney disease.
  • Infection & Antimicrobial Resistance – the study of bacteria, HIV immunology, tests at the point of patient care, healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance, asthma, respiratory infection, global health, and the development of ways to model the spread of these diseases using maths.
  • Metabolic Medicine & Endocrinology - preventing and treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, and their complications.
  • Surgery & Technology - improving the quality and safety of surgery through technological innovations.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to attend between four and six panel meetings per year alongside the other Public Panel Members. These meetings will be held:

  • At one of Imperial College's campuses (St Mary's in Paddington, W2, South Kensington, Charing Cross in Fulham, W6 and Hammersmith or next to Hammersmith Hospital on Du Cane Road, W12).
  • At times that are suitable for those who are studying or working, with each meeting lasting approximately two hours

There will also be opportunities to:

  • Be involved in co-designing and co-delivering training on public involvement to a mixed audience (researchers/the public/students)
  • Plan, advise on and co-deliver other public involvement activities supported by the Patient Experience Research Centre and the Imperial BRC.


Will I be paid?

We will pay you for your time (approximately £25 per hour depending on the task) and reimburse you for your travel and other agreed expenses in accordance with NIHR INVOLVE’s Policy on Payment of Fees and Expenses (February 2016). We will also provide all necessary training and support.

How do I apply? 

If you are interested in applying, please click here to submit your application through VOICE or download a copy of the Imperial BRC Public Panel Guidance and Application Form (word), which can be emailed to or posted to the following address: Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), Imperial College London, St Mary’s Campus, VA3, Ground Floor, Faculty of Medicine Building, Norfolk Place, Paddington, London W2 1PG.
Please note that if you apply via VOICE and are not already a member, you will need to join (for free) to access the application form. 

Registration for this role will close at 11pm on Sunday 8 March 2020.

We are intending to interview successful applicants in the week commencing 16 March 2020 at St Mary's campus in Paddington, London. Applicants will be contacted to inform them whether they have been invited to interview by 11 March 2020 at the latest. 

If you have any questions about this role, any issues with your application or would prefer to have an application form sent to you by post, please contact PERC on or call (+44) 020 7594 9774.