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 about the effects of treatments that they agree are most important.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds the infrastructure of the JLA to oversee the processes for priority setting partnerships, based 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 Priority Setting Partnerships.

The JLA Guidebook, the team of JLA Advisers and the JLA team at NETSCC all govern the way the JLA operates and develops.  Other input to the JLA comes from a mix of lay people, healthcare and clinical research professionals and experts in patient and public involvement.