Regional network championed in response to key public involvement report

CLAHRC NWC brought together a collaboration of key stakeholders involved in public and patient engagement and involvement across the North West, in response to the NIHR “Going the Extra Mile” report.

The North West regional event was initiated as a consequence of the “Breaking Boundaries” strategic review of public involvement, the report sets out its recommendations for the next ten years to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing through public involvement in research.

Over 60 guests gathered to hear Dr Paula Wray, Senior Public Involvement Manager of INVOLVE, discuss how to interpret the report and the practicalities involved in implementing it in attendees’ respective North West organisations. Other speakers focused on the principles of the report, asking for teamwork on the day to examine these in small groups. Speakers included Dr Bella Starling, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Dr Lucy Frith, Public Involvement Specialist Adviser of NIHR Research Design Service NW and Dr Andy Gibson, Associate Professor in Public Involvement in University of West of England.  Other talks came from the CLAHRC NWC itself, namely its Director Professor Mark Gabbay and Jenny Irvine, Public Engagement Facilitator who initiated discussions about the value of a regional strategic network to support some report recommendations.  

Attendees from the North West included CCGs, Councils, Research Design Services and NHS Foundation Trusts, Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network and Clinical Research Network, CLAHRC NWC Partners and PhD students, Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester universities, North West People in Research Forum, charities and local PPIE organisations.

Jenny Irvine of CLAHRC NWC commented; “So many of us within the North West have shared PPIE objectives both within and outside of the Going the Extra Mile report. By creating a network, we’ll be well placed to decide how we will tackle some of these together and what will work for this unique region which has a strong culture of public involvement. I look forward to seeing this grow and develop and us being a part of something exciting with our North West colleagues." 

More articles     Posted on: 08 November 2016