Update | June 2021: UKRI Research England funding ended in June 2021 and we no longer provide opportunities for patient involvement through our programme. If you are a patient or member of the public and want to help with or learn about research, we recommend the NIHR’s guidance for patients, carers and the public.

Our ambition has been to help develop medical technologies that are better aligned to patient needs by involving patients and people with long-term conditions at every stage of the journey. Patient involvement will not only ensure you are accountable to those who will ultimately benefit, it will also help you develop a better product.

Benefits to you

Patients bring new insights to the table; they help ensure that what you create is relevant and practical. By keeping patient needs at the forefront of your mind as you work on your technology, you can ensure that research and development is focused where it is needed, and the work progresses on the right path. Engaging and involving patients at an early stage can bring benefits later on, for example by improving recruitment to clinical evaluations or creating patient champions to support routes to adoption.

Real-life problems

Medical technologies aim to tackle real-life problems – and will only be successful in the market if they do so. We can only understand what those problems are by involving the stakeholders who are impacted by them. Patients and those with long-term conditions are rarely the only stakeholders of a new technology. But even medtech innovations that will only be used by clinicians – that patients will never see – still need to be designed to ensure patients benefit, and so they should have a role in their development.

Part of our culture

We wanted to make patient involvement part of the culture of the Grow MedTech community, something we all value, advocate and practice. Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) is too often focused only on engagement – bringing users in at the end of the process. We wanted to see users involved from the outset and expected this to form part of all the projects we funded. We helped achieve this, by connecting project teams to existing patient groups relevant to the technology, or supporting setting up bespoke group for projects.

Getting involved with Grow MedTech

We invited patients, a family members or carers of patients, and people living with long term conditions interested in supporting the development of new medical technologies to help steer innovation through a range of opportunities.

We have offered a range of opportunities to get involved with Grow MedTech, to see users involved at every stage of the journey from identifying needs, providing high-level insight, and making decisions on the projects we fund, to helping to steer and shape the technology development projects.

We provided the following opportunities for public and patients to get involved

Opportunity Management Panel

PPI representatives to join this panel and score medtech funding applications based on the the PPI activities the applicant outlined.

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Strategic Advisory Board

PPI representatives to join our Strategic Advisory Board, and provide insight, advice, and guidance on the direction and future development of Grow MedTech.

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Technology Development Projects and Unmet Need Innovation Workshops

Building of a diverse and inclusive group of PPI members that could be invited to be involved in PPI activities on individual technology development projects.

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