# Who We Are
The Trans-Humber Consumer Research Panel (CRP) is a patient and public involvement (PPI) group made up of both healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses, scientists and managers) and lay-people (non-professionals) who are healthcare consumers; i.e. people who have had personal experience of various diseases (including cancer, diabetes and heart disease) either as a patient or a carer.
# What We Do
Our CRP exists to increase consumer involvement in NHS medical research over a range of diseases in the local area and beyond.
Our members take an active part in enhancing the quality of medical research, most often by giving advice to doctors and scientists about the readability of their patient information leaflets and consent forms (i.e. are they written in plain English?) and providing consumer representation on local steering committees and trial management groups. We also arrange occasional training events, and mini seminars/conferences.
For more details about our work, please take a look at:
o Our What We Do page
o Our News page
o Our Annual Reports
o Our History page
o Our Manifesto outlining what we believe to be best practice
Some Testimonials from researchers
that we have helped
# Our Geographical Area
Researchers with whom we work most closely and most frequently are based in the Hull-York, the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole, and the Humber and Yorkshire Coast regions, although we have often worked with researchers from farther afield.
Our members are also drawn primarily from these regions, as shown in this map:
# Our Meetings
Currently we meet once every two months on a Tuesday afternoon, but we do sometimes have extra 'work days' to deal with occasional in-depth business.
Our calendar of meeting dates for 2014 is: 9 September & 11 November.
And our calendar of meeting dates for 2015 will be: 13 January, 10 March & 12 May.
The deadline for submitting paperwork for review at a meeting is two weeks before the date of the meeting; please see our standard operating procedure for more details.
We currently meet in the Daisy Building at entrance two of Castle Hill Hospital at the following address:
Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 5JQ.
For directions to the hospital, please use the directions provided on the hospital's web-site.
For bus timetables, please visit the web-sites of East Yorkshire Motor Services (e.g. Service Nos. 64, 115 & 154) and Stagecoach Hull (e.g. Service No. 110).
Ample parking is available in the privately-owned car-park on the opposite side of Castle Road to the hospital.
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Page most recently updated 23 July 2014 by Dave Manton