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Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) is critical to ensuring the views and ideas of patients and public are strategically and meaningfully embedded into each stage of research, service design, data collation, storage and dissemination to ensure trustworthy approaches are developed and help build public confidence. By involving and engaging patients and the public throughout, it will enable maximum research impact for health benefit and be of relevance to people’s lives.

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


Approaches and ways of working that actively involve and engage patients and/or the public as part of their work are eligible for the award. This could be for a particular activity or an ongoing way of working and should be a current programme or project. 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 patient 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 prior to the HDR UK Scientific Conference and the winner will be announced at the event itself.

Selection criteria 

In conjunction with the UK Standards for Public Involvement, the selection panel will be looking for evidence of the following criteria:

  • Inclusive Opportunities: Create active and meaningful public involvement and engagement opportunities, such as through co-production approaches, that are accessible and meaningfully address equality and diversity
  • Working Together: Work together in a way that values all contributions, and that builds and sustains mutually respectful and productive relationships
  • Support and Learning: Offer and promote support and learning that builds confidence and skills for PPIE in research, infrastructure and service development
  • Communications: Communications in PPIE plans and activities need to be regular, appropriately timed, and use inclusive and flexible methods with plain language
  • Impact: This could be impact/benefits to the project, team, patients and the public, other stakeholders etc or an innovative approach to PPIE. Ensure transparency by publishing and proactively sharing the difference that involvement and engagement has made to the project whilst enabling shared learning on PPIE methodology.
  • Governance: The public are proactively involved in management, regulation, leadership, shared decision making and strategic management.
  • Alignment and relevance to HDR UK’s mission
  • Alignment to HDR UK values (transparency, optimism, respect, courage and humility)

Selection committee 

Debbie Keatley, Public Advisory Board (Chair)

Colin McCowan, University of St Andrews

Colin Wilkinson, Public Advisory Board

Holly Rogers, Academy of Medical Sciences

Jillian Hastings, Genomics England (Public and Patient Representative)

Matthew Bonam, AstraZeneca




  • Engraved glass trophy
  • 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.


08/08/22: Open for nominations and applications  

15/09/22, 17:00 BST: Deadline for nominations  

23/09/22, 17:00 BST: Deadline for applications  

14/11/22: Shortlisted candidates announced  

13/12/22: Pre-conference dinner – shortlisted candidates are invited to attend 

14/12/22: Winner announced at HDR UK Scientific Conference  

Further information 

If you have any questions, please email