The RDS NE consumer panel comprises members of the public with health concerns, carer duties or who have a general interest in health related matters.
Researchers, using the advisory services of the RDS NE, are able to present summaries of their research projects to the panel for discussion. The panel members are able to comment on the project addressing issues such as the importance and relevance of the research topic and question to the public; whether or not the summary raises unanswered questions about the research proposal, and how further public involvement can be incorporated into the research programme.
The panellists are able to assist researchers with the provision of jargon-free plain English summaries, the opportunity to ensure that the summaries accurately convey the research proposal, a broad reach into the local communities and the opportunity to present outside of a peer group before presenting to a funding panel.
If you are a member of the public who is interested in joining the panel membership, please read: Being a Research Design Service North East Consumer Panel Member: What you need to know.