Healthcare Change Makers link is live

Bristol Community Health are excited to report the link for the Healthcare Change Makers is now live.

Could you be one of Bristol’s first Healthcare Change Makers?  Are you enthusiastic about the way that we, and our hospitals deliver services now and how we might adapt to meet future needs?  Together with North Bristol Trust and University Hospitals Bristol, Bristol Community Health is looking to equip local residents with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work alongside us to improve our services.

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PHWE has new professional co-chair

We are delighted to be able to announce that Julie Hapeshi, has agreed to take on the role of co-chair for People in Health West of England.  Julie will be sharing this role with Cathy Rice, our public contributor co-chair.  Julie brings to the role a wealth of experience and insights.  She is Deputy Director of the Research Design Service (RDS) and of Research & Development at Gloucester Hospitals Trust and a founding member of PHWE.  In addition, her RDS role links Julie to the new INVOLVE team.  We are all looking forward to working with Julie in her new role as co-chair.

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Research on avoiding emergency hospital admissions for older people

Patient and carer input to research on avoiding emergency hospital admissions for older people

A Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) session is being held on Friday 29 January 2016, in Bristol, for older people who have either recently been discharged from hospital or who have healthcare issues that may cause them to be admitted in an emergency situation in future.  We are also interested in talking to anyone who is the carer of someone in these circumstances.

As part of an NIHR-funded study, we have been carrying out research to try to define the characteristics of those older patients for whom the decision to admit to hospital may be unclear.  We now want to check our understanding of the findings with patients and carers themselves, and to hear their real-life experiences / views about hospital admission and discharge.  This will help us think about the next phase of our research.

If you have patients aged 65+ who have had an emergency admission in the recent past, or who may be at risk of such an admission, and you think may be willing and able to help us, please give them the invitation below and encourage them (or their carer) to contact us.  Thank you.

PPI invite for primary care

Sue Jenkins (PPI Co-ordinator for the ‘Managing Uncertainty for older people’ NIHR Programme Development Grant)

Telephone:  07810 540041 or e-mail:


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INVOLVE: new contract

The University of Southampton has been awarded a four-year contract worth £3.2 million to deliver INVOLVE, the National Institute for Health Research’s Centre for Patient and Public Involvement, Participation and Engagement. This contract takes account of the Going the Extra Mile report. Through a new partnership with the Research Design Service (RDS), INVOLVE will provide leadership in public involvement in research at national, local and regional levels. Find out more.

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Involvement Opportunity Dementia Research Network

For: People with dementia and their carers and former carers

What: The Alzheimer’s Society seeks people to join their Research Network. Possible tasks include: • help set research priorities • review funding applications • sit on grant funding panels • monitor ongoing research projects • ensure research results are communicated and outcomes translated into tangible benefits for people affected with dementia.

Details: 2-3 hours a month, at home, and you can take a break at any time. Training available to learn about research and acquire new skills.

More info: Email or Tel. 020 74235153

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People in Health West of England event reminders

Public Involvement Journal Club

This workshop will outline the different types of research methods and terminology used in research and how the public can get involved, as well as exploring the issues related to becoming and being a member of the public involved in research. Free. Lunch provided Thursday 10th December 2015, Thursday 28th January 2016, 13:00-14:00, details on Events page. We are particularly keen to encourage more members of the public to sign up to this workshop, so please forward this Newsflash to anyone you think might be interested.


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Public Involvement Journal Club

For: Anyone interested in public involvement

What: A chance to discuss a published public involvement paper. Free. Coffee and tea provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Details: Thursday 10th December 2015 13.00-14.00, Thursday 28th January 2016, Thursday 24th March 2016, Thursday 19th May 2016, Thursday 7th July 2016, At University of the West of England (UWE), Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Bristol BS16 1DD.

More info & booking: Contact Rosie Davies, PPI Research Fellow or Kim Thomas, PPI Administrator

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