The Peninsula Public Engagement Group (PenPEG) is our service user involvement group. Up until February 2021 they were known as the Peninsula Public Involvement Group (PenPIG). They are a group of patients, service users and carers who volunteer their valuable time to make sure our research is relevant to the needs of the community.
PenPEG are involved in a wide range of activities related to the running and work of PenARC. They help us to recruit new staff, are co-applicants on projects, advise on both projects and internal matters, support user involvement in on-going research projects, attend ARC Management Board meetings, present at conferences and train new medical students.
We pay members of PenPEG for their time, agreed in advance, and cover reasonable expenses. Find our Participation Payment Policy here.
To get involved you don’t need any medical experience or specialist knowledge. All you need is an interest in health and social care research, some time to spare and a willingness to share your thoughts and experiences with us.
Currently PenPEG does not have any free spaces, but we can add your name to a waiting list if you would like to be contacted when spaces become free. If you’re interested in finding out more and joining the waiting list please contact the Patient and Public Involvement Team on PIExeter@exeter.ac.uk. Your contact information will be kept private and will not be shared with anyone outside of PenARC.
If you are considering getting involved in NIHR research and have any concerns about how payments might affect your benefits you can contact Benefits Advice Service directly on 01234 330604 and at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is free, confidential and the advice is personalised using the latest regulations.
Find out more about our PenPEG members on the PenARC People page.