Research Design Service: West Midlands

UK Standards for Public Involvement

The UK Standards for Public Involvement are a set of six standards to support the quality and consistency of public involvement in research.

The RDS fully supports the use of these Standards when working with patients, carers, service users and other members of the public as partners in research.

Implementing the New Standards for Public Involvement in Research Environments (INSPIRE)

In collaboration with Keele University and the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, the Research Design Service West Midlands were a test bed site to put the UK Standards into practice. Our activities on the Standards were featured in a NIHR Handbook featuring stories about the use of the Standards by the 10 test bed sites. Read our INSPIRE project report.

Together with the Research User Group, Keele University, we have developed a number of resources to support the use of the UK Standards.

The Six UK Standards

Inclusive Opportunities

Offer public involvement opportunities that are accessible and that reach people and groups according to research needs.


Working Together

Work together in a way that values all contributions, and that builds and sustains mutually respectful and productive relationships.


Support and Learning

Offer and promote support and learning that builds confidence and skills for public involvement in research



Use plain language for well-timed and relevant communications, as part of involvement plans and activities



Seek improvement by identifying and sharing the difference that public involvement makes to research.



Involve the public in research management, regulation, leadership and decision making.