Caroline Barker, public and patient involvement lead

Caroline_Barker_175x175Caroline strives to increase, improve and embed patient and public involvement activities in our research, working closely with the public and researchers from our facilities.

Tel: 023 8120 4989

By involving the public in our activities, Caroline believes we can improve our research methods, participant’s experiences and perform better clinical research that maximises the benefit to people’s lives.

Helping improve research

As Southampton’s research patient and public involvement (PPI) officer, Caroline works with patients and the public to improve any aspect of clinical research within Southampton’s key research areas and facilities.

She is involved with running three PPI groups - an Adult group, a Children’s and Clinical Research Group and a Young Adult PPI Group (YAPPI), run in collaboration with Megan Barlow-Bay in RDS.

Supporting research teams

Caroline helps researchers and staff facilitate involvement activities, embedding involvement throughout Southampton research through such work.


She works closely with the NIHR Research Design Service South Central team on PPI activities, is involved with the local network for PPI representatives (Wessex PIN). At a national level, she is a member of the UK Clinical Research Facility Network PPI Group.


Before taking on this role, Caroline completed a PhD in basic breast cancer biology at the University of Southampton. During this time she gained experience delivering public engagement activities, and continues to play a leading role in the Pint of Science festival, which delivers talks on the latest scientific research for the public in the comfort of their local pub. 

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