Welcome to Jo Welsman and Helen Burchmore, two recent appointments to the South West Research Design Service (RDS). Jo is based in the Bristol office and Helen in Exeter, and they cover the entire South West RDS region. Both Helen and Jo bring extensive PPI experience to their new roles having worked across many different organisations and with very diverse patient and public groups. They have led and supported PPI in research covering primary care to basic biosciences and everything in between. They can provide advice on where and how to involve patients, help you identify patient and public networks and groups to collaborate with, and access funding to enable collaborative PPI activities at the prefunding stage.
You can contact Jo or Helen at any stage of your proposal development, but they emphasise they can support you best if you contact them as early as possible in your application process. “We are also keen to hear from members of the public, or patient groups or networks who are interested in contributing to research design so please get in touch.”