- Keep this short and snappy and rooted in what you hope to achieve.
- Full title
- Include your complete project title.
- What are you aiming to find out?
- This first section is crucial; it should be short and no more than two sentences.
- Why is this important?
- Why does this research need to be done now?
- What is already known about research in this area, and how will the study build on this?
- What is the scale of the issue – how many people are affected by the disease or condition you are researching?
- Describe the design and method you have chosen.
- What will be compared or tested,and what treatments are you giving?
- Include details of your participants, how many you will recruit, how will they be selected and what they will do.
- How are patients/the public being involved in designing this research?
- For ongoing projects - How could this potentially benefit patients?
- What is this project’s intended impact?
- How might others use this research?
- For completed projects – Findings and how this could benefit patients
- In one to two sentences overview your main project finding and any key project outputs.
- What impacts has/could this project have? (e.g. Cost savings to the NHS, a new method for diagnosing or managing a particular disease). Be as specific as you can, giving approx figures for the number of patients that will benefit.
- How might others use this research (if applicable).
- Next steps
For those projects which are still in progress, how would you like others to engage with you? Are you looking for collaborators? Are you looking to recruit patients to help you design your research – be clear how you wish to recruit them. Link out to technical protocols or pilot studies that can provide further information to specialists, or a call-to-action for patients or members of the public.
Aside from the summary text, when writing the text for your page on the website please also include:
- Funders: List your project funders and include any official statements you have been given by them (such as the funding stream/grant number).
- External collaborators.
- Department team members, and mention who the PI is.
- Publications relevant to this project.
- Link to relevant pilot studies, or follow-up work.
- Length of the project (e.g. August 2015–August 2018). Or Completed
Contact your department communications officer or patient and public involvement coordinator.
Involve – Plain English Summaries
Stroke Association – How to write a lay summary
Digital Creation Centre – How to write a lay summary
Access to Understanding – Guidance