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
“Having been on the other end of PPI groups in the past, I wanted to see if there would be a way in which I could help by contributing my experiences. I firmly believe that all research should involve the people for whom you’re doing the research! As a guest speaker at one of my former universities once stated, ‘nothing about us, without us!’ until this day, I stand by these words. PPI groups are a great way to get involved with your local research group.”
A new co-production guide developed by our researchers – Cords
CORDS is a new guide developed by the team at the Centre that aims to provide some clarity based on evidence and examples from previous projects co-produced by members of the public that were developed by the Centre for Population Health. This guide to best practice acknowledges that co-production in research should not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach.”
PPI Case Study – the Born in Wales PPI Group
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.