Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

Community Elders Panel - Patient and Public involvement

Who we are

The Community Elders Panel (CEP) is a group of patients and the public with an interest in helping research. It is part of the Combined Community and Acute Care Group within Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. Our services work across hospital and community sites.

The CEP ensures the voices of frail elderly people are heard and that they have the opportunity to influence research within the Trust. The aim is that high quality, patient focused research will result from the panel's input.

Who can become a panel member?

Members of the CEP are aged over 75 with a wide variety of diseases and health conditions, who have experience and knowledge of hospital or community services, and who would like to share their views with researchers. It is expected that most panel members will either have restricted mobility or be housebound as we especially want to give these individuals the opportunity to contribute. No travel is involved as people are visited in their own homes. Training is also provided.

Panel members also benefit from being involved:

“It’s nice to know that even at my age I can still contribute. It’s also great to hear of all the research that’s taking place in the hospital and local community”.

“Being a member of the panel makes me feel useful. And being visited at home enables me to take part.”


If you are interested in joining the panel and would like more information please contact Rowan Waring via or via calling 07772939696.

The following document also provides more details about the panel and how to become involved.

 Community Elders Panel Information Leaflet  

Guidance for clinicians and researchers

The panel can assist with prioritising research ideas, strengthening proposals and funding applications and co-production of research projects. Members of the CEP are visited in their own homes by the panel coordinator. Researchers are also welcome to attend.

For further information, or if you would like to access the panel please click here.