The James Lind Alliance

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) is a non-profit making initiative, which was established in 2004.  It brings patients, carers and clinicians together in Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) to identify and prioritise the unanswered questions or evidence uncertainties that they agree are most important.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds the infrastructure of the JLA to oversee the processes for PSPs, based within a small team at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), University of Southampton.  This includes the recruitment and training of JLA Advisers, management of enquiries, communication activity, and working with JLA Advisers to support and uphold the principles and methodology of the JLA.  The NIHR does not normally fund JLA PSPs.

The JLA team at NETSCC, together with the JLA Advisers, oversees the JLA methodology as set out in this Guidebook.  They also oversee the operational and day-to-day activity of the JLA.  Other input to the JLA comes from a mix of lay people, healthcare professionals, clinical research professionals and experts in patient and public involvement.