A research Advisory Group is a group of people (sometimes called a ‘Panel’) that is made up of different people, usually  patients and members of the public.

As you can probably figure out by the name, an advisory group is there to advise. Research advisory groups provide input and advice in the form of thoughts, opinions and ideas to people conducting research (“Researchers”) about their research projects.

Advisory groups can be made up of lots of different people with different conditions e.g. an advisory group giving opinions on opening times of a hospital service; or they can be specific for a particular condition or group of conditions. Your Rheum is an advisory group specific for those with rheumatology conditions.

Through Advisory Groups patients and the public can get involved in all stages of the research process:


Advisory Groups are a type of activity that is known as Public and Patient Involvement (PPI).

Find out more about Patient Involvement