In 2019, the Irish Cancer Society invited public and/or patient (PPI) representatives to get involved in its grant review process. Representatives are asked to review sections of grant applications that have been submitted to the Irish Cancer Society by researchers. The PPI representatives also participate on interview panels to review grant applications. Their recommendations are given strong consideration by the Society in awarding grants to applicants.
There is now a pool of over 30 reviewers actively engaging with the Society. Patient representatives are selected following a public advertisement process and based on recommendations made by patient organisations and other stakeholders. The public and patient involvement (PPI) representatives work to specific terms of reference and a description of their role is included. To guide their work, the PPI representatives are provided with a “Patient agreement form” which outlines their role and the role of the Irish Cancer Society executive. The form is co-signed by both PPI representatives and the Society.