The IHI Patient Pool is an initiative aimed at strengthening the voice of patients and informal caregivers in a range of IHI (Innovative Healthcare Initiative) activities.
About IHI Patient Pool
The IHI Patient Pool seeks to create a pool of patients and informal caregivers who can contribute their unique perspectives, experiences, and expertise to support IHI’s activities. The aim of the pool is to involve patients and caregivers in all aspects of research, including the activities of organizations like IHI that fund health research.
Applications are now open for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria. To be part of the IHI Patient Pool, you must be a patient with a chronic and/or lifelong illness/condition, or a family member/informal caregiver of a patient with a chronic and/or lifelong illness/condition. You must also be a resident of one of the Member States of the European Union or one of the third countries associated with Horizon Europe and have a working knowledge of English (at least level B2 in the Common European Framework of References for Languages).
The application process is straightforward and involves filling out an online form that requests additional information on your experience of working in research projects, involvement in patient organizations, knowledge of ethics and regulatory processes, among others. While providing this additional information is voluntary, it can help IHI identify the most appropriate person for tasks that come up.
Members of the IHI Patient Pool
Members of the IHI Patient Pool will receive regular updates on scientific results from IHI projects and have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of ways. They may be invited to participate in project meetings, scientific events, webinars, or trainings as attendees or speakers. The IHI Programme Office may also invite them to evaluate project proposals or ongoing projects, or to provide input in discussions on future IHI calls for proposals. However, note that IHI cannot guarantee that all Patient Pool members will be allocated a task during the lifetime of the pool.
The pool will remain in place until the end of 2026, and more information on the kinds of tasks Patient Pool members may be asked to carry out, as well as details of potential reimbursement, can be found in the call for expressions of interest.
How to apply
In conclusion, the IHI Patient Pool is a great opportunity for patients and informal caregivers to contribute to IHI’s activities, bringing their unique perspectives, experiences, and expertise to the table. If you meet the eligibility criteria and want to get involved, apply to be part of the pool by 8 June 2023, and become an active participant in shaping the future of healthcare research.
The IHI Patient Pool will strengthen the voice of patients and informal caregivers in a range of IHI activities. Want to get involved? Apply to be part of the pool by 8 June!