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

Lay ADvice on Diabetes and Endocrine Research (LADDER) Panel

Who they are

The panel is made up of patients, carers and people with an interest in diabetes or an endocrine condition.

What they do

The main purpose of the LADDER panel is to ensure that the diabetes and endocrine research carried out locally is patient focused. Panel members contribute their invaluable knowledge gained by living with these conditions to aid our local clinical researchers in designing research studies that are relevant to patients.

For example, the panel:

  • comment on new and existing research proposals
  • help develop patient information leaflets
  • advise on the recruitment of participants into research studies and sharing research results
  • represent the public at research meetings

Why they do it

People decide to get involved in for a variety of reasons. For example, you may:

  • have personal knowledge and experience that would be valuable to our researchers
  • want the opportunity to develop personal skills
  • want to develop a broader understanding of clinical research and the topic being researched
  • want the opportunity to make a contribution
  • want to help to improve the services for others


Panel Information Documents:

  LADDER Patient Panel Recruitment Poster

  LADDER Patient Panel Information Sheet

  LADDER Patient Panel Events Poster

  Frequently Asked PPI Questions

Other Useful Resources:

 Diabetes UK - PPI Guidance for Researchers


Join us

If you are interested in becoming a LADDER panel member, please contact Sharon Caunt on 0114 2265976 or


Brenda Riley, Diabetes & Endocrinology Lay Advisor Panel

I joined the Diabetes and Endocrine Lay Panel because I have diabetes and hence I am interested in Diabetes Research in particular. From the Panel, I have learnt more about diabetes and about the research process, and about some very interesting individual research projects. I have enjoyed participating and also enjoyed the social aspect.  I have met people with a shared interest in diabetes and other endocrine conditions, but often with different perspectives and different individual medical concerns.