Coffee morning perks up positive ideas

Over 40 people from across the CLAHRC North West Coast (NWC) region attended an engagement event to discuss ideas on improving services and shaping new research concepts.

Held at The Brain Charity in Liverpool, Managing Complex Needs Theme Leader Professor Tony Marson and Research Manager Pete Dixon, from CLAHRC NWC, hosted the event jointly with Patient and Public Leads Julie Elwill and Carolyn McConnell from The Walton Centre. 

“The Brain Charity has a monthly coffee morning for anyone to attend and this includes many service users from The Walton Centre, which treats patients from across our whole CLAHRC region as it is a specialist unit. So it made sense to come along and engage about helping decide priorities for our research work moving forward,” said Pete.    

Groups were asked to discuss their experiences of the NHS and what they would like to see improved. These were then captured and prioritised into a shortlist. 

“We want people to understand the CLAHRC and its aims in developing effective research to benefit our partners. Listening, getting ideas and sharing them with our partners before working up a research proposal to benefit everyone is the aim,” adds Pete. “We have had some great ideas to develop from this event.”  

Attendee Alan Rimmer commented: “This is my second engagement event with the CLAHRC and I’m sure there will be positive outcomes from today as the people who regularly come here are quite vocal.” 

Carolyn McConnell, Head of Patient Experience at The Walton Centre, said: “We are delighted to be here with the CLAHRC as part of our partnership work.  We will be feeding back to our own board about this event as it fits with our wider Patient Engagement Strategy“ 

Picture L-R: Julie Elwill (The Walton Centre), Carolyn McConnell (The Walton Centre), Tony Marson and Pete Dixon (CLAHRC NWC). 

More articles     Posted on: 05 November 2015