From January 2018, the HTC will become the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative, adding vascular and hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery to our colorectal programme, thanks to our successful bid to host a new NIHR Medical Technology and In Vitro Diagnostic Co-operative (NIHR MIC).
As part of this change, we plan to set up a PPI group to co-design our patient and public involvement strategy, develop capacity for patient and the public involvement, and serve as a valuable resource for researchers developing surgical technologies. The emphasis will be to ensure that technological innovation is focused on patient and clinical needs from an early stage.
To help set up this group and to inform our PPI strategy, we are carrying out a survey, primarily targeting patients, their carers or friends and members of the public, though we welcome responses from healthcare professionals, medical researchers, scientists and engineers as well.
The aim of the survey is to understand what kinds of events and activities patients and the public would be most willing to take part in and how best to encourage more people to get involved. The survey includes questions on making events less intimidating, adapting the timing of events and whether incentives or benefits would increase attendance.
The survey also includes questions about discovery and research, innovation and commercialisation, to gauge how much patients and the public are already aware of these different stages of the innovation pipeline.
The online survey takes just a few minutes and can be accessed here: https://goo.gl/forms/WOu5cGgM3S9eKj6w1