Research

INVOLVE - supporting active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research

Thursday, 09 June 2016 10:08

INVOLVE (est. 1996) is part of, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research, to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. It is one of the few government funded programmes of its kind in the world.

As a national advisory group INVOLVE’s role is to bring together expertise, insight and experience in the field of public involvement in research. Their aim is to advance public involvement as an essential part of the process by which research is identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated.

INVOLVE defines public involvement in research as research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. This includes, for example:

  • working with research funders to prioritise research;
  • offering advice as members of a project steering group;
  • commenting on and developing research materials;
  • undertaking interviews with research participants.

When using the term ‘public’ they include:

  • patients
  • potential patients
  • carers
  • people who use health and social care services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services.

INVOLVE publicly advertises for members for its advisory group every few years. They last recruited in 2012 and normally recruit every two to three years. A new recruitment round will begin in the autumn of 2016. They currently have 12 advisory group members.

How are INVOLVE advisory group members recruited? New members are recruited through public advertisements and interviews. Advisory group members are invited to join the INVOLVE Group on the basis of their ability to provide personal and/or professional expertise that will be valuable in moving INVOLVE’s work forward. Main Group members are appointed by the Director of Research and Development, Department of Health, England, often following a recommendation from the Chair of INVOLVE.

If you have any questions about membership, please contact INVOLVE on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call them on 02380 595628.

Hepatology Specialty Group Leads for CLRNs

Monday, 15 August 2011 15:28

CRN National Hepatology Specialty Group

The Clinical Research Network (CRN) is made up of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs) that cover the length and breadth of England. Each LCRN delivers research across 30 clinical specialties. Most of these LCRNs have nominated Local Leads for topic areas such as hepatology, as have the Devolved Nations. These Leads make up the membership of the various national Specialty Groups. More information can be found here.

The remit of the Hepatology Specialty Group is to support a national portfolio of structured research studies related to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of liver disease, including acute and chronic liver disease, liver failure, viral hepatitis, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, liver metabolism, genetic studies, (including pharmacogenetics), biomarkers and hepatotoxicity.

The Hepatology Specialty Group takes the lead on studies led by hepatologists, or where hepatologists have major input. The Hepatology Specialty Group works alongside the NIHR Cancer Research Network to support studies of cancers of the liver and biliary tract, and with the Surgery Specialty Group on studies of surgical interventions of the liver and biliary tract.

The Hepatology Specialty Group is working with other stakeholders (including the British Society of Gastroenterology and British Association for the Study of the Liver) to promote the successful delivery of research studies and to help plan new studies that will address patient needs and that will be feasible to deliver in the current NHS setting. The CCRN maintains the list of contact details for Specialty Group members.

Clinical Research Group (CRG) Contacts

Thursday, 11 March 2010 15:10

Clinical Research Groups (CRGs) have been formed covering Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Food & Function, and Liver. Their aim is to increase the quality and quantity of clinical GI and liver research in the UK. The Food & Function CRG was formed to cover areas formerly within the remit of the Small Bowel & Nutrition and Neurogastroenterology & Motility Groups, with the addition of relevant pancreas-related research. Cancer Diagnosis & Prevention is expected to be covered within the current Groups and elsewhere and thus is no longer covered by a separate Group.

In 2010, each CRG submitted two to three research priorities or unmet clinical needs that most warranted research funding in their field, which laid the foundation for the National Clinical Research Strategy. This Strategy is undergoing revision to reflect changes in the clinical research landscape.

The CRGs meet in person and by phone and welcome input from those interested in carrying out research. Contact information for the Leader of each CRG can be found below.

Endoscopy

Prof Colin Rees
0191 202 4028
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Liver

Dr Stephen D Ryder
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr John Mansfield
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Food and Function

Prof John McLaughlin
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GI Specialty Group Leads for CLRNs

Saturday, 23 January 2010 15:11

CRN National Gastroenterology Specialty Group

The Clinical Research Network (CRN) is made up of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs) that cover the length and breadth of England. Each LCRN delivers research across 30 clinical specialties. Most of these LCRNs have nominated Local Leads for topic areas such as gastroenterology, as have the Devolved Nations. These Leads make up the membership of the various national Specialty Groups. More information can be found here.

The Gastroenterology Specialty Group is working with other stakeholders to promote the successful delivery of research studies and to help plan new studies that will address patient needs and that will be feasible to deliver in the current NHS setting. The CRN maintains the list of contact details for Specialty Group members.

Research Committee

Monday, 09 March 2009 16:28

NamePosition
Dr Matthew Brookes Chairman
Prof Martin Lombard BSG President
Dr Jayne Eaden BSG Senior Secretary
Prof Mark Hull UKCRN GI Group
Prof William Rosenberg UKCRN Liver Group
Dr Amar Sharif / Dr Stuart McPherson Liver Section
Dr Shaji Sebastian Adolescent & Young Persons
Prof Colin Rees Endoscopy
Ms Alison Thomas BSGNA
Dr Ian Beales Gastroduodenal
Dr Miles Parkes IBD
Dr Alex Ford / Prof Charlie Knowles Neurogastro'/Motility
Dr Anthony Hobson AGIP
Dr Daniel Sifrim Oesophageal
Dr Stephen Pereira Pancreatic
Dr Manuel Rodriguez-Justo Pathology
Dr Shaji Sebastian Radiology
Dr Ramesh Arasaradnam Small Bowel & Nutrition
Mr Andrew Latchford Colorectal
Dr Fergus Chedgy Trainees
Prof Chris Hawkey CORE
Prof Rebecca Fitzgerald Academic Committee
Dr Barry Campbell Scientists in Gastroenterology



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