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The Critical Care Research Group involve patients and the public throughout all phases of research.


Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is an active partnership between patients or members of the public and researchers. We work together to make sure the research we do is relevant and useful to the community we serve. It is not simply people taking part in research studies.

PPI collaborators include patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services.

We aim to involve PPI collaborators throughout all phases of our research and to continually improve our PPI processes.


PPI contributors can make a difference to health research by:

  • identifying new topics for research and ensuring that topics are relevant to patients, carers and members of the public.
  • making sure that researchers ask the right questions and in a way that the public understand.
  • keeping the research on track so that it stays relevant.
  • making sure the people being researched are approached in the right way.
  • Helping us to ensure equality of access to participation in our research.
  • improving the quality of the research by adding another point of view to the design and way that the research is carried out.

Understanding the lived experience of critical illness is essential to our work and that of the wider critical care research community. Below are links to some of our collaborators sharing their experiences of critical illness:

Alison Philips' story

Life after intensive care - A journey into the unknown


how we work with ppi contributors

We involve PPI contributors throughout the research process, from initial project ideas through to communicating the results of our studies. 

We hold regular PPI lunches, where we meet as a group and work together on ideas for future research.

We work closely with the NIHR Oxford BRC Diversity in Research Group to ensure our research reflects the community we serve.

We always include PPI contributors on steering committees for our research grants. These PPI contributors advise us throughout the process of each research study, to ensure our research remains relevant to those experiencing critical illness.


We work with patients, potential patients, carers, people who use health services, interested members of the public and people from organisations that represent people who use services, such as charities. We call people who help us in this way PPI contributors.

If you would like to get involved please contact us at: