Find out more about PEIR.

Terms of reference for Public and Practitioner Engagement and Involvement in Research (PEIR)

  1. To enable and implement active public and practitioner engagement, involvement and partnership in order to maximise impact from research
  2. To work in partnership with the public and practitioners to identify and inform the research process


MFIR PEIR Group defines public and practitioner engagement and involvement in research as research being carried out 'with' or 'by' members of the public and practitioners as stakeholders rather than only 'on', 'about' or 'for' them as participants.

This includes working with researchers to prioritise research, offering advice as members of a project steering group, developing research materials, helping to recruit participants, undertaking interviews with research participants, evaluating, disseminating and implementing research findings.

When using the term 'public' we include users and potential users of health and social care services, their carers and families. When using the term 'practitioner' we include all individuals involved in the planning and provision of health and social care.

The research cycle

Public and practitioner engagement and involvement throughout the research cycle:

  • Identifying topics
  • Ethical requirements for PPI
  • Prioritising questions
  • Designing research
  • Gaining approval and funding
  • Doing research
  • Analysing and interpreting
  • Disseminating results

Ethical requirements

Are there ethical requirements when considering Public and Practitioner Engagement and Involvement?

We have sought advice on the ethical requirements for engaging and involving.

The Public and practitioner and the planning and design stage of the Research. At this time, it appears that there are no specific requirements other than insuring that they  involved at as early a stage as possible in the research process.

MFIR public and practitioner engagement and involvement panel

  • Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Midwifery
  • Public Health/Health Promotion

If you need guidance on engaging/involving members of the public or practitioners in research related to maternal, fetal and infant health, you may access advice and expertise from the MFIR public and practitioner engagement and involvement panel by contacting Dr. Nichola McCullough