Growing our public and patient involvement

Are you a patient, a family member or carer of a patient, or a person living with a long term condition? Are you interested in supporting the development of new medical technologies? Do you want to help steer innovation?

If so we are offering a range of opportunities to get involved with Grow MedTech.

Patient and public involvement (PPI) is an essential part of Grow MedTech’s community culture – something we value, advocate and practice.

We want to see users involved at every stage of the innovation journey; identifying needs, providing high-level insight, making decisions on the projects we fund and helping to steer technology development projects.

Opportunities to be involved in Grow MedTech:

We are seeking PPI representatives to be involved in the following Grow MedTech activities:

  1. Opportunity Management Panels
  2. Strategic Advisory Board
  3. Technology Development projects and unmet need workshops

Full information about each opportunity, role responsibilities, commitment requirements, essential and desirable criteria, how to apply and support available can be found in our opportunity brief document.

To be considered for the different Grow MedTech patient and public involvement activities please complete an application form, selecting which aspects are of interest to you.

If you need any more information or if you have any questions about getting involved with Grow MedTech, please contact us.

Opportunities summary

Grow MedTech’s Opportunity Management Panel

Our Opportunity Management Panel is where we make a decision on what projects we fund. The panel is made up of university representatives, external specialists and end-users.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To be a representative for the views and concerns of other patients and carers.
  • To review and score the lay summaries of project proposals and importantly the patient and public involvement plan for the projects.
  • To share your experiences and views about patient and public involvement.

To be considered for our Opportunity Management Panel, please download and complete an application form.

To be considered for our next Opportunity Management Panel on Thursday 26 March 2020, please email completed application forms to info@growmed.tech by Monday 2 March 2020 or post to Sara Liptrot, x101 Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.


Grow MedTech’s Strategic Advisory Panel

Our Strategic Advisory Board provides insight, advice, and guidance on the direction and future development of Grow MedTech. The Board is formed of stakeholders and leaders in medical technologies innovation, all of whom bring a breadth of perspectives that guide our programme.   

Collectively, the Board is asked to:

  • Review and advise on Grow MedTech strategy; 
  • Advise on the meaningful engagement of Grow MedTech across and beyond our consortium; 
  • Advise on the strategic content and future directions of the Grow MedTech innovation project portfolio; 
  • Review progress, share intelligence and inform outcomes of the innovation project portfolio of Grow MedTech, and; 
  • Review and advise on the development and dissemination of good knowledge exchange practice.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To be a representative for the views and concerns of other patients and carers.
  • To  share your experiences and views about patient and public involvement
  • To collectively as a board provide strategic advice and steer for the Grow MedTech programme

How to apply:

To be considered for our Strategic Advisory Panel, please download and complete an application form.

To be a representative at our next Advisory Board meeting in early summer 2019 (date TBC) please apply by 30 April 2020.


Technology Development projects and unmet need workshops

Our ambition is to develop medical technologies that are aligned to end-user needs by involving patients and people with long-term conditions at every stage of their development.

This ensures our project teams are accountable to those who will ultimately benefit from the technology they are developing, resulting in a better product.

To support this, we want to build a diverse and inclusive group of PPI members that can be invited to be involved in PPI activities on individual technology development projects.

We are also planning a series of unmet need workshops in collaboration with our partner programme Translate MedTech, which we would like to invite relevant members of the Grow MedTech PPI group to attend.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To be a representative for the views and concerns of other patients and carers.
  • To provide insight and steer on unmet clinical needs and solutions
  • To  share your patient experiences

How to apply:

To apply to join our wider PPI group, please download and complete an application form.


Completed application forms should be emailed to info@growmed.tech, or post to Sara Liptrot, x101 Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.

Your details will then be stored on our secure database accessible by the Grow MedTech team only, and appropriate opportunities shared with you when they arise.

If at any time, you do not want to receive any information from Grow MedTech about involvement opportunities you can ask for your details to be removed.