Chapter 3: Priority Setting Partnerships

What is a Priority Setting Partnership?

The aim of Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) is to bring patients, carers and clinicians together to jointly identify priorities for research. The JLA’s current portfolio of PSPs can be seen online. JLA PSPs are characterised by following the method set out in this Guidebook and are facilitated by one of a small team of approved JLA Advisers.

PSPs’ objectives are to:

  • bring patients and clinicians together to identify uncertainties about the effects of treatments for specific health issues
  • agree by consensus a prioritised 'Top 10' list of those uncertainties, for research
  • publicise the methods and results of the PSP
  • draw the results to the attention of research funders, independently of the JLA.

Advocates of and individuals from the following groups are eligible to take part in a PSP:

  • people who have or have had the health problem in question
  • carers and families of those affected
  • medical doctors, nurses and allied health professionals with experience of caring for people with the health problem.