How We Got Started

In the West of England, public involvement has been going on in academic research and in service improvement for many years. And since the launch four years ago of People & Research West of England (PRWE), great strides have been made in embedding public involvement in research. In early 2014, we took the next logical step: a much more co-ordinated and ambitious approach to public involvement. We linked with key regional networks as core partners, and extended the reach to include not just involvement in research but also service improvement and commissioning.


In May 2014, eight members of the public were selected – along with representatives of our core partners – to form a strategy group working across all four networks. This group has met regularly to draw up a strategy for the initiative, agree its activities and give it a name – People in Health West of England. As far as we are aware, this joint strategy group (and the team that works with it) is a unique example of integrated regional public involvement in England.


For a brief overview of our initiative, view the talk given in 2014 by the then Academic Lead, Professor David Evans, and Public Contributor Cathy Rice at the official launch of one of our core partners CLAHRC West.