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News

We produce a regular Newflash, geared to members of the public as well as researchers and health professionals. The Newsflash includes updates on all aspects of public involvement in the West, including training courses we run, involvement opportunities, and other news such as job ads and conferences. Contact us to let us know about your news or event.
October 2017

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

September 2017

North Bristol NHS Trust has published it’s new five year research strategy, you can find it at https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/research-innovation/our-research/research-mission-strategy

July 2017

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) has recently published several documents relating to their patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE).
2016/17 PPIE Highlights Report
2016/17 PPIE Annual Report
2016/18 Revised PPIE Plan

June 2017

The James Lind Alliance has published a report on evaluating the extent and impact of young people’s involvement in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studies.

May 2017

Patients share their experiences of taking part in research at North Bristol NHS Trust – Take Part Be Involved in Research Issue 2

April 2017

Research for Health Challenge

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute has introduced a scheme to encourage healthcare practitioners, patients, the public and University of Bristol researchers to work together to develop innovative thinking around clinical problems.

Click here for more information, and how to submit a challenge

Closing date to submit a challenge is 24th May 2017.

March 2017

New films show the benefit of public involvement

INVOLVE reports members of the public have worked alongside Cardiff University staff to produce two short films that highlight the benefit of public involvement in research.

One film, ‘Why get involved in Research?’ is aimed at members of the public and the second, ‘Public Involvement in Research’ is aimed at researchers.

To watch the films, go to https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/news/new-films-show-benefit-of-public-involvement-in-research/

February 2017

Positively engaging in NHS change: how best to involve people

Wessex Voices have published a report following their recent event.

Click here for more information

November 2016

West of England AHSN leading the growth of the Q Community

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has been chosen as one of three AHSNs across the country to lead the next phase of the Health Foundation’s exciting Q initiative, which will create opportunities for greater collaborative working.

Click here for more information

September 2016

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.

Click here for more information

 

 

August 2016

PHWE has new public contributor co-chair

We are delighted to be able to announce that Martin Gregg, has agreed to take on the role of public contributor co-chair for People in Health West of England.  Martin will be sharing this role with Julie Hapeshi, our professional co-chair.  Martin is a lay member of South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with specific responsibility for Patient and Public Involvement and Equalities.   We are all looking forward to working with Martin in his new role as co-chair.

July 2016

Subject: Job Opportunity with Patient and Community Leadership Programme for Bristol – Project Coordinator Freelance

Fee of £5,250 for 30 days between August and December 2016 (majority of time in August and September)

Bristol Community Health, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and North Bristol NHS Trust are working in collaboration with NHS England and People in Health West of England to deliver an innovative Patient and Community Leadership programme in Bristol. The programme will be co-designed and co-delivered by Mark Doughty, Director at the Centre for Patient Leadership and Kings Fund Associate. The outcome of the programme is to develop a group of patient and community leaders who will use their confidence, knowledge, skills and experiences to work collaboratively with health care leaders as partners for positive change and improvement.

We are seeking a Project Co-ordinator on a freelance, fixed-term basis to actively support the planning and delivery of the programme. We are seeking someone who is inspired by people and communities, ensuring their voice changes health services for the better.   Working closely with a small steering group of staff from the partner organisations, your exciting role will ensure energised participation in the programme from across the city and you will act as the central point of contact for programme participants and operational elements of the programme.

We are looking for a highly organised and dynamic person who will deliver on a varied workload; to make positive contact with and provide ongoing support to programme participants. Working with the programme partners and other stakeholders to encourage collaboration to enable a successful programme to be delivered; engaging new and diverse communities as participants in what we see as an innovative approach to engagement in the local health service.

If you believe that local citizens can shape the future of the health service in the area, we’d love to hear from you.

For further information: Please see Role Profile – PCL Project Coordinator

How to apply: Please send a CV and covering letter that explains why you are the right person for the role (in no more than 1 side of A4) to matthew.areskog@briscomhealth.nhs.uk

Closing date:  Midday on Sunday 31st July.

Appointment will be made after a process of shortlisting and interview. Interviews will be held week commencing 8 August 2016. Please note that we will not be able to offer feedback on applications to candidates who have not been shortlisted.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact either:

  • Tony Watkin, Patient Experience Lead, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust –  0117 342 3729, or
  • Gill Brook, Head of Patient Experience, North Bristol Trust – 0117 414 9064

June 2016

Subject: Secondment Opportunity with West of England Academic Health Science Network – Enterprise Engagement Co-ordinator

An exciting opportunity has opened at the West of England AHSN to join the Enterprise team on a 12 month secondment to cover maternity leave. The role is for an Enterprise Engagement Co-ordinator, who will be the link person between businesses, the public, healthcare and voluntary sectors and we would like the successful applicant to start in July.

The post-holder will also be responsible for managing the delivery of the Design Together, Live Better programme, one of the main projects being delivered by the Enterprise team. It is a citizen-led design project, aimed at capturing ideas for new innovative products from a citizen’s perspective and connecting citizens and innovators in the design of new products and beta-testing new developments.. Further information about the project can be found on www.designtogetherlivebetter.org.

Please see the job description and person specification below. The West of England AHSN has its main base in the centre of Bristol.

Closing date for application is 9 am Monday 4th July 2016.

We may close this call for applications earlier if we receive a lot of interest.

Please apply by sending your CV and covering letter to Elizabeth.dymond@weahsn.net

For informal conversations about this role, please contact Nada Khalil 0117 984 1582  nada.khalil@weahsn.net

All applicants should have the support of your organisation before they apply.

June 2016
PPI impact

The Health Research Authority and INVOLVE have published new evidence on how public involvement can help make research more ethical and produce better outcomes.
Click for more info

PPI standards and highlights

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has recently published a report on Why and how to develop PPI Standards and a report on ‘The public as our partners: Highlights from 2015/16′.

May 2016

This is a good example of how research has revealed the miscommunication between patients and GPs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgapMUN222Q

May 2016

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.

April 2016

Join one of the most exciting Patient & Public Involvement initiatives in the West of England – Professional Co-chair

People in Health West of England (PHWE) is a unique initiative promoting innovative and effective public involvement in research and evidence-based service improvement. From its inception People in Health West of England has been co-chaired by a public contributor Cathy Rice and a professional Nicky Williams. Nicky who was Deputy Director of Research and Innovation at North Bristol Trust has now moved on to take up the role of National Director for Support and Delivery of Health and Social Care Research in Wales. We would therefore like to recruit another professional to play the crucial leadership role Nicky has played around public involvement. As well as meeting our needs for a professional co-chair this is an exciting professional development opportunity for the right person.

More information: PHWE Strategy Group – Professional Co-chair Invitation and Role Description   If after reading the invitation and role description, you would like to find out more contact David Evans, Academic Lead for the project David9.Evans@uwe.ac.uk or telephone 0117 328 8750

Closing date:  Expressions of interest outlining what you would bring to the role along with a brief CV (one page maximum) should be sent by Monday 2nd May 2016 to Kim.Thomas@nihr.ac.uk

April 2016

Call for contributions to conference on co-production and interdependency

Joint University Council and Public Administration supported Conference addressing topics such as ‘what are the changes underway in the relationships of users with service providers’

Co-production Interdepenency Call (PDF document)

April 2016

Patient Involvement Film

The Support and Treatment After joint Replacement (STAR) research project team shows how patient involvement (not only participation) has been embedded into a research project and how it made a difference.
Click here to view the film

December 2015 

Nicky Williams, co-chair of PHWE 

Hildegard Dumper, PPI Manager:

I was reminded how the development of a truly patient and people led health service takes time at the People in Health West of England Awayday in November. During an exercise reflecting on our achievements over the past year, we realised that the idea for a joint PPI initiative was first mooted in 2008, seven years ago. This evolved first into People & Research West of England, before being re-launched as People in Health West of England (PHWE) in 2014. Throughout this time the network has been chaired by Nicky Williams, Deputy Director of Research, North Bristol NHS Trust. Nicky is now leaving us to take on the post of National Director of Support & Delivery for Health And Social Care Research for Wales.

Nicky told me: “It has been a pleasure to co-chair the strategy group with Cathy Rice over the last few years and I look forward to hearing all about the work of PHWE in the future. I’m really proud of how PHWE has grown from the little seed of an idea that we first discussed in 2008 – a real credit to the commitment of the public contributors and staff involved.”

Another event a week earlier also reminded me that the development of good public involvement takes time.

At a panel discussion on cities, health, people and leadership at the Festival of the Future City last week, Professor David Evans pointed out that INVOLVE is now 20 years old. INVOLVE is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and was established 20 years ago in 1996 to support public involvement in the NHS, public health and social care research. It is now well established as the key body to drive forward and support good practice in public involvement in research, providing the benchmark for other areas of health and social care. In the context of an NHS that has gone through several major structural changes in the past few years, this consistency is a major achievement.

November 2015 

Public Involvement Bulletin

Go to the McPin Foundation website for their latest Public Involvement in Research Bulletin, including two involvement opportunities that can be completed by online surveys.

Read more

October 2015 

Public Involvement summaries available

Progress reports for many initiatives within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) include a summary of progress in implementing patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE). This year, those summaries have been extracted and made publicly available. The Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) of the NIHR welcomes feedback on these reports. For example, it would be helpful to them to know who is reading them, whether readers find them informative and useful, and how they could be improved. Please email your comments or contact the CCF patient and public involvement (PPI) team.

If you are a member of the public and would prefer a paper copy, please contact the CCF PPI team.

October 2015 

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.

September 2015 

New Bristol Health Partners website

Bristol Health Partners invites you to their new website, with lots more information on Bristol’s health research. If you have any comments, please email Zoe Trinder-Widdess, Communications Manager, Bristol Health Partners and CLAHRC West.

August 2015 

Public Engagement appointment

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) welcomes Georgia Bladon, their new Public Engagement Associate. Her role includes managing the EBI public engagement activities, including its Public Advisory Group, and providing support for researchers across Bristol University in developing public engagement as part of their research or grant applications.

July 2015 

Public Involvement Benefits Advice

INVOLVE has sent a reminder that, if you work for/with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), it’s important that you offer access to the free and confidential Benefits Advice Service to all those undertaking paid involvement with your organisation.

Read more

June 2015 

Public Involvement Conference Feedback

We are delighted with all the positive feedback from our annual conference Progress and Practice in Involvement 2015, held on 3rd June. Nearly 100 people attended, a quarter of whom were members of the public.

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June 2015 

Children and clinical research – report on ethical issues

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a report on how children and young people can ethically be involved in research.

Read more

April 2015 

Funding Finder

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) Funding Finder provides a monthly up–to-date of funding opportunities for health innovation.

Go to WEAHSN website

April 2015 

Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Appointment

Our public involvement facilitator Mike Bell started work with the People in Health West of England Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) team last week.

Read more

Mike

March 2015 

Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Appointment

The University of the West of England has appointed Andy Gibson as Associate Professor PPI to start at the end of April 2015.

Read more

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