Digital Involvement

The role and potential of patient and public involvement (PPI) in a digital age is the subject of a new guide published by the AHSN Network.

Written by Hildegard Dumper, PPI Manager at the West of England AHSN, the guide explores the different ways AHSNs around the country are involving members of the public in healthcare innovation and the development of new technologies.

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Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement annual reports, National Institute for Health Research

Every year, over 100 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Centres, Facilities, Units, Schools and others provide an annual progress report to the NIHR. These reports are a source of valuable information that allows the NIHR to review performance, enable decision making on future funding requirements, answer Parliamentary Questions, prepare briefings for Ministers, and respond to other requests for information.

There is a patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) section in annual reports that asks for a brief summary of progress to date in implementing PPIE strategies.

Over the last three years, NIHR have extracted and compiled the PPIE sections of annual reports and made them publicly available. The main aim in doing this is to support and promote the sharing of knowledge, learning and good practice across the NIHR and beyond.

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NICE launch bursary scheme for the 2018 NICE Annual Conference

NICE have announced the launch of the bursary scheme for the 2018 NICE Annual Conference which is taking place at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester.

Improving Heath, Improving Lives brings together the latest developments in clinical improvement, health technologies and patient-centred quality care. Core themes of the 2018 event are:

  • Life sciences – value and vision
  • Digital health
  • Patient-centred quality care

From streamed sessions focusing on the detail of new NICE guidelines, to plenary debates on person-centred care and evidence-based practice, the conversation will no doubt return time and again to the key questions: What does excellent care look like? And how much does it cost? View the 2018 NICE Annual Conference agenda for full programme of events.

The bursary offer: This year’s bursary package consists of a full day delegate pass to the conference worth £149 plus VAT. The bursary scheme is open to national patient, carer, service user and voluntary organisations, local and regional Healthwatches, and can be applied for by completing and returning an application form.

Bursary packages are limited and interest is expected to be high so don’t delay in returning your application. Further details of the bursary scheme and the application form are also available on NICE website bursary page.

The closing date for submitted applications is 5pm, Friday 26 January 2018. Applications will be considered for eligibility by the NICE Public Involvement Programme. Applications which meet the eligibility criteria will be selected for a bursary at random.

Because of the limited number of bursary packages available, priority may be given to those organisations who have not previously received a NICE conference bursary.

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible following the closing date. Unsuccessful applicants will be entitled to book delegate passes at a discounted rate.

How to apply: Once you have read the terms and conditions, complete and return your application form electronically to or by post to NICE 2018 – Conference Bursary Scheme, c/o Mrs Sally Taylor, Public Involvement Programme, NICE, Level 1, City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT.

Please note that applications received after 5pm, Friday 26 January 2018 will NOT be considered.


bursary-scheme-application-form 2018

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INVOLVE at 21: Celebrate the progress of public involvement in research

Members of our team attended the recent conference INVOLVE at 21: Celebrate the progress of public involvement in research and consider the opportunities ahead. Here are the posters and video we produced and presented at the Conference:

A Gibson Poster INVOLVE Conference 2017 People in Health West of England: A regional network for promoting public involvement

M Kok Poster INVOLVE Conference 2017 Developing a toolkit for patient and public involvement in antimicrobial medicines development research: breaking new ground

R Davies Poster INVOLVE Conference 2017 Discovering the role of public co-applicant

N Hopewell-Kelly Poster INVOLVE Conference 2017 Making it meaningful; overcoming the challenges in involving vulnerable people

M Bell Video INVOLVE Conference 2017 Making it meaningful – Public involvement in research

S Tweddell Workshop slides INVOLVE Conference 2017 This was for a workshop on public involvement with the charity and voluntary sector, drawing on the West of England Academic Health Science Networks Diabetes Digital Coach as a case study

J Jackson Poster INVOLVE Conference 2017 Preventing post-operative urinary retention: an example of researcher-patient co-production

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New publication: Does funded research reflect the priorities of people living with type 1 diabetes?

Andy Gibson, Associate Professor in patient and public involvement at the University of the West of England is a co-author on a new publication: ‘Does funded research reflect the priorities of people living with type 1 diabetes? A secondary analysis of research questions’ (Authors Kate Boddy, Katherine Cowan, Andy Gibson, Nicky Britten).

This study explored the divergence and convergence between funded research about type 1 diabetes and the research agenda of people living with the condition and their carers.

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