Patient and Public Involvement
Public involvement is key to producing research relevant to the needs and concerns of those living across Wales. As such, members of the public will be involved in all aspects of the work of the Centre, for example, helping to shape the research agenda by working with the Research Development Groups, advising on research study design and helping to raise public awareness.
I have amassed a great deal of skills, knowledge and experience throughout my career, and I am really enjoying my involvement roles, as it allows me to apply my skills whilst contributing to an area of interest to me, with the ultimate aim of benefitting wider society. I have two young children, which coupled with a chronic health condition, has prompted me to take some time out from full time working, but provided me with the capacity and opportunity to undertake these roles.
I am keen to put the experience I have gained to good use – having been responsible for managing data, information, planning and performance management, among other things, which I have found relevant and valuable in the wider public involvement roles. I am delighted to be a lay member with the Centre for Population Health, as part of the Early Years Advisory Group and the Public Involvement Steering Committee.
Dr Helen Davies
Dr Rachael Hunter
This involvement followed a career in social housing encompassing front-line delivery, policy development and senior management roles. Throughout my working life, I was passionate to ensure that tenants, service users and community members were involved in developing the services and homes provided for them and were able to influence decisions that affected their lives.
I was keen to continue to use the skills and experience I had developed in a way that made a positive contribution to our wider society and that reflected my passion for people to have a meaningful say in matters that affect their quality of life. Contributing as a member of the public to health and social care research provides me with this opportunity.
Wales is my adopted country. I moved here 11 years ago with my Welsh partner and live in Swansea. Following retirement, I started running ballroom and Latin dance classes in my local community and I look forward to resuming one of the other joys of my life which is to travel and discover new places and cultures.
PPI Case Study
Hope Jones, Researcher at the Centre for Population Health, speaks to members of the Born in Wales PPI Group on how best to reach out and engage with our communities.
“Born in Wales aims to engage with families all around Wales. Working with our PPI group is invaluable to encourage this engagement with our local communities. Collaborating with our PPI group helps us to encourage diversity and inclusivity in everything we do and allows us to represent all types of families growing up in Wales.” Hope Jones, Lead Researcher Born in Wales.
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This page is aimed at patients and members of the public. If you are a researcher or organisation with a query please visit our Work with Us page for more details. Events and workshops aimed at facilitating research and developing new collaborations are held throughout the year. Visit our Events page for updates on our up and coming workshops.
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