Research Network

Research Network

Our Participation Research Network is an opportunity to share learning, best practice and exciting news about public engagement research and public participation projects with a health or care focus.

It is open to practitioners, policy makers, researchers and everyone with an interest in sharing evidence on participation (public involvement, engagement, co-production) in health and social care.

The network is a forum for sharing the latest information and evidence and updates on UK and international practice. It connects researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Pre-pandemic we held an annual event with presentations from across the country and opportunities to discuss and network. Our monthly webinars cover a wide range of topics to do with engaging people and communities, designing health and care services, and promoting equality and diversity.

Call for abstracts

We are currently planning a mini-series of webinars for the end of October. We are inviting abstract submissions for consideration for presentation or discussion. Themes for this year include:

  • Good practice or innovative public participation projects in health and social care, especially examples of projects engaging people who face or experience health and care inequalities
  • Several NHS boards are developing engagement strategies to help remobilise services. We'd be keen to hear of any examples of how an engagement strategy has been implemented or evaluated
  • The future of public participation and engagement in health and social care - given the pandemic we're also interested to hear if there has been any research or 'think pieces' on whether the pandemic has changed the direction or future travel of service user and public participation

Submit your abstract

If you would like to contribute to the programme on any of these themes, or perhaps a specific project you are working on, then please complete our abstract submission form by Friday 24 September.

Registration for this webinar series will open towards the end of September when our programme will be announced. The webinar series will be free and open to all to attend.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an engaging and informative event.

Please feel free to share this call for abstracts with your colleagues and networks.

Contact info

For more information about the Research Network and our webinars please contact Gary McGrow ( or Joy Vamvakaris (

Last Updated: 16 September 2021