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Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) is critical to making sure the views and ideas of the patients and public are strategically and meaningfully embedded in health data research. This should occur across each stage of:

  • Research
  • Service design
  • Data collation
  • Storage and sharing

Embedding PPIE in this way ensures trustworthy approaches are developed, and helps build public confidence. Involving and engaging patients and the public throughout enables the maximum research impact for health benefits relevant to people’s lives.

PPIE is central to HDR UK’s mission. This award celebrates best practice and innovation in PPIE across all aspects of health data research, infrastructure and service development within HDR UK and beyond, which clearly demonstrates the importance of PPIE as an integral and strategic part of the overall process.


Teams and organisations that use approaches and ways of working that actively involve and engage patients and/or the public as part of their health research are eligible for the award. This could be for a particular activity or an ongoing way of working. It should be a current programme or project, or should not have been completed any later than in the last 3 years. It may be led by an individual or a team working as part of HDR UK or beyond.


The winning team will be selected by a diverse panel, with a range of experience in patient and public involvement and engagement, including patients and public partners. Their decision will be based on how the project and/or team has meaningfully involved and/or engaged patients and the public. Those who are shortlisted will be announced before the HDR UK Scientific Conference and the winner will be announced at the event itself.

Selection criteria 

The questions for the application form have been inspired by the UK Standards for Public Involvement and by the PEDRI Best Practice Standards. Please note: the PEDRI Best Practice Standards are in draft and may be subject to change. However, your response will be scored based on the questions inspired by the current draft.

The decision to use both standards as inspiration was made after consultation with the HDR UK PPIE Team and the PPIE Award Panel members. The selection panel will be looking for evidence of the following criteria:

  • Equity, diversity and inclusion: How did you consider Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in your PPIE activity/approach and implement it throughout?
  • Data Literacy and Training: How did you determine the baseline knowledge of members of the public involved to decide if training requirements or support to develop understanding should be provided?
  • Effective communication:  How did you ensure effective two-way communication and dialogues, that enable understanding and effective contributions or discussions?
  • Proactive Transparency: How did you ensure you worked openly and in accessible formats throughout your PPIE activity/approach?
  • Mutual Benefit: How did you adopt an ongoing dialogue-based approach to enable benefit to everyone involved or engaged?
  • Meaningful Involvement and Engagement: How did your PPIE activity/approach create meaningful impact to make a difference to research or wider project activities?
  • Learning and Reflection: What did you learn from the PPIE activity/approach that you would use to improve future PPIE activity?
  • Alignment and relevance to HDR UK’s mission and values (transparency, optimism, respect, courage and humility)

Selection Committee 

Jan Speechley, Public Advisory Board (Chair)

Alan Holcroft, Public Advisory Board

Sonia Patton, Public Advisory Board

Jillian Hastings, Patient and Public Representative

Barbara Molony-Oates, Health Research Authority (HRA)

Steven Blackburn, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham

Dorcas Kamuya, Kenya Medical Research Insitute (KEMRI)

Sian Aggett, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)


  • Engraved glass trophy
  • Award certificate
  • 1 half-day professional training session of choice including consultation and follow-up with HDR UK’s Learning and Development Manager
  • RocketBook(s)
  • Featured case study professionally written and published on HDR UK website and promoted on HDR UK social media channels.


  • Open for nominations and applications : 18 September 2023 
  • Deadline for nominations: 16 October 2023 at 17:00 BST
  • Deadline for applications : 27 November 2023 at 17:00 GMT
  • Shortlisted candidates announced: 24 January 2024
  • Winner announced at HDR UK Scientific Conference in March 2024

Further information 

If you have any questions, please email