healthtalk.org (www.healthtalk.org) contains rigorously researched information for patients, carers, and health professionals about patients’ experiences of health and illness conditions. The research is conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (http://oxfordbrc.nihr.ac.uk/), a new section has been launched on the site about patient and public involvement (www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/medical-research/patient-and-public-involvement-research/topics). It contains interviews with 37 patients and members of the public about their experiences of getting involved in health or medical research.
The project was overseen by a panel of patients, public members, health professionals and academics. After analysis, 22 reports were written on the key findings including how people became involved, why they stayed involved, and debates around payment and capturing the difference involvement makes. All the main points are illustrated by video or audio clips from the interviews, ensuring the patient/public voice is always present. In addition to creating this freely available online resource, other outputs will include several academic publications co-authored by the researchers (www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/medical-research/patient-and-public-involvement-research/credits) and public members. The next stage of this project is to find out about involvement from the researchers’ point of view. It will go live on healthtalk.org next year.
Dr Anne-Marie Boylan, University of Oxford
North West London Hospital NHS Trust has a well-established Patient Research Forum. Thirty members provide support to researchers for their research applications, working closely with and guiding researchers throughout the process. The group has been actively involved in service and quality improvement projects in the Trust and won first prize for a poster in the Trust’s Annual Research Awards. The group is now planning a project to be conducted in the community in North West London. The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and Academic Health Science Network will be working closely with R&D as this model is being seen as excellent practice. For further information please contact Sunder Chita on 020 8869 5829 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Involving People and Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre Cardiff hosted the Four Nations Conference on 9 May 2014. The day provided an exciting opportunity to share examples of public involvement in health research, with speakers from across the UK. A Conference report has been produced giving an overview of each presentation and workshop, together with a summary of delegate feedback.
www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/documents/1023/Four Nations Conference Report May 2014 Final.pdf
In 1999 Alzheimer’s Society created its pioneering Research Network of people with dementia, carers and former carers. The Research Network has played an active role in setting the dementia research agenda, through the Society’s own research programme and in a growing portfolio of research funded elsewhere. Two founding members, Barbara Woodward Carlton and Shirley Nurock, worked with current staff to collect the thoughts of researchers, Research Network volunteers, external organisations and current/former staff to celebrate this landmark anniversary in this new publication.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) has recently launched its new website (www.rds.nihr.ac.uk/). The RDS advises and supports research teams in developing high quality applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes. It does this through a regionally-delivered service across England. The new website includes information on patient and public involvement written for researchers (www.rds.nihr.ac.uk/patient-and-public-involvement/for-researchers/) and members of the public (www.rds.nihr.ac.uk/patient-and-public-involvement/for-patients-and-the-public/).
A report on ‘The value of working together in health research’ event, held by the North West People in Research Forum on 9 December 2013, is now available on their website: http://northwestpeopleinresearchforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Report-of-Working-Together-Event.pdf. The event, which was organised by a working group of professionals and members of the public, aimed to identify ways to improve the process of working together towards positive shared outcomes in health research across the North West. The outcomes of the event will inform the North West People in Research Forum Strategy. Future events will examine key issues raised and support further networking activities.
Cancer Research UK is a major funder of more than 250 trials into cancer treatments. Decisions about which trials to fund are made by a committee of independent experts and patient representatives. The latter are able to give their views and perspectives on clinical trial applications and help ensure that the trials are practical and that patients’ needs are at the centre of decisions. You can read an account of how one of these patient representatives got involved and her experiences of working on the Clinical Trials Advisory and Awards Committee on the Cancer Research UK website: http://tinyurl.com/map5bzy
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched ‘Focus on Stroke’ (www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/focus_on/stroke/), a new online resource aimed at raising public awareness about developments in stroke research. The resource highlights some of the work the NIHR is doing in this area and includes experiences of some people who are living with stroke and contributing to research.
The NIHR encourages members of the public to become actively involved in clinical research, forming a partnership with researchers to improve the relevance and design of studies. Information on ways to get involved with stroke research and the difference that involvement can make can be found on the ‘Getting involved’ section of the site: www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/focus_on/stroke/getting_involved.htm
On 28 February 2014, the University of Salford is holding a full-day workshop on public involvement in research for researchers and research active staff. The facilitator is Dr Tracey Williamson (Research Fellow Public Engagement/User Involvement in Research) and she will be accompanied by Elaine Jones (Lay Researcher). The objectives of the day are to:
For details of costs and other information and to book a place see www.salford.ac.uk/spd/coursedetails?courseid=PREPARwiCD&coursename=course%20Details
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched Round 3 of their New Media Competition. For the first time they are including two categories: one for researchers and one for patients and the public involved in NIHR research. The competition allows researchers, patients and members of the public involved in research to communicate their research, enthuse audiences, get creative and win prizes. The competition closes at midnight on 30 March 2014. For more information and guidance on how to enter see: www.nihrtcc.nhs.uk/NIHRNewMediaCompetition/
The INVOLVE Autumn 2013 newsletter included an article introducing the Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF), which has been produced to help researchers assess the impact of public involvement in their research.
Since its launch, the PiiAF website has been improved and is now easier to navigate. It includes a summary of the research on which development of the PiiAF was based as well as a new guidance document.
The North West People in Research Forum is holding a one-day free event ‘The Value of Working Together in Health Research’ in Manchester on 9 December 2013. The event will look at the benefits of patients, the public, carers, health professionals and researchers researching together and the different values that people bring to this process. It aims to identify ways to improve the process of working together in health research across the North West. Speakers include Dr Katherine Froggatt (Lancaster University), Professor Ann Jacoby (Liverpool University), Professor Carrol Gamble (Liverpool University) and Dr Philip Bell. The day will be facilitated by Derek Stewart, OBE. In the afternoon people will discuss their own experiences in small groups to explore the benefits and challenges of working together in health research and how working together is viewed from different perspectives. The event aims to ensure an equal spread of members of the public, patients, carers, researchers and health professionals. There is a small budget for travel expenses for non-professionals who might not otherwise be able to attend.
For further information contact the North West People in Research Forum Facilitator: email@example.com
Are you a patient, carer or member of the public who has been involved in primary care research or a member of staff who has supported involvement? If so, we want to hear from you! We know that patients, carers and the public are involved in many different aspects of primary care research. Sometimes this works well, other times the work is not always shared and celebrated to promote more involvement. We want to learn from examples that have worked well, and where there have been problems so that we can develop new resources to make sure that patients’ and carers’ voices are heard in all future primary care research. We are looking for examples and case studies of experiences and impacts both positive and challenging. Examples can relate to any aspect of primary care research including: setting the strategic direction for research, identifying research priorities, designing research, overseeing the progress of research and helping to disseminate findings of research. If you have an example to share, or know of someone who does, please send details to Maryrose Tarpey at the INVOLVE Coordinating Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Delia Muir
The Pressure Ulcer Research Service User Network (PURSUN UK) is a network of service users, patients and carers with personal experience of living with pressure ulcers or being at risk of developing pressure ulcers. Our network aims are:
The network is supported by the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds. We try to offer a variety of involvement activities which build on the existing skills of our members. One example of our work is our involvement in interpreting data from the Severe Pressure Ulcer Project. We ran an innovative workshop which utilised theatre techniques and videos to help make the interpretation process inclusive and engaging for everyone involved. For more information see the videos at http://youtu.be/bgg6zkbILrg and www.invo.org.uk/resource-centre/conference/involve-conference-gallery/
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new Journals Library, providing full publication and open access to an extensive body of health research. It comprises a suite of five programme-specific journal series, published online, which are fully searchable and provide a comprehensive record of work funded by these NIHR programmes. Building on the success of the existing Health Technology Assessment journal, the library will give accessible full publication of findings of the research commissioned by these programmes and will provide an important permanent and comprehensive record of the work which has been funded.
Be Involved – a new PPI website
South Yorkshire Collaborations in Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) have launched an exciting new website designed with a small group of service users and carers.
Visit the website to:
Patient, carer and public involvement seminar series
Elaine McNichol from the University of Leeds has received funding from the Higher Education Academy to coordinate a series of five seminars about patient, carer and public involvement in health, education and research. Three seminars have already taken place and the next two are coming up in May and June 2013. A few places are left at each one and there is a waiting list in case of cancellations. If you can’t get along in person, there is a collection of web-based resources to catch up on topics, presenters and discussions.
A new web resource has been launched to support patients having a say in health research as a treatment choice in their local NHS hospital or health centre. Involvement4Access aims to encourage initiatives that support patients as ‘Research Ambassadors’ to help improve access to health research in the NHS locally.
The new web resource is the first step in creating a ‘community of practice’ to support the patient voice for research in the local NHS. It outlines what Involvement4Access is and what you can do locally, supported by hot tips, examples and resources. It also invites you to log your plans or initiative online.
Phase 2 of the web resource will see it becoming increasingly interactive with sharing of local initiatives across the country and the opportunity to interact with the people involved in them as part of a developing community.
Clinical Trials Toolkit
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new online Clinical Trials (CT) Toolkit. The Toolkit provides practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK. Through the use of an interactive, colour-coded routemap (based on the design of a tube map), the site provides information on best practice and outlines the current legal and practical requirements for conducting clinical trials. www.ct-toolkit.ac.uk/home
Professional Development Award: User Involvement in Teaching and Research
UNTRAP (University User Teaching and Research Action Partnership) at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick is running an accredited training course for service-users, carers, and professionals. The course covers various aspects of user involvement, including teaching, research and committee work in health and social work. It consists of six modules running on six Saturdays over 12 months and the next course starts in Autumn 2013. On completion participants receive a Level 3 or Level 4 ‘User Involvement in Teaching and Research Professional Development Award’ through the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick. For more information, email email@example.com or phone 024 7652 3164.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is setting up new Public Health Advisory Committees to develop national guidance on actions to promote health, prevent ill-health, and reduce inequalities in health between social groups. NICE is seeking applications from members of the public with experience of public health action to join the committees as ‘core’ community members alongside a small core group of professionals with technical expertise. The ‘core’ members will work on a range of different public health topics. They will be joined by professional and community ‘topic expert’ members who will be recruited later in the year and will cover specialist areas such as the health of people in prison or other offender institutions, work and health, oral health, older people’s health and needle and syringe programmes.
For information on the skills and experience required for this role, the support available to members and how to apply visit www.nice.org.uk/getinvolved/joinnwc/LayMemberPHAC.jsp
Closing date for applications: 5pm on 2 November 2012
Feasibility And Support to Timely recruitment for Research (FAST-R) is a national service provided by the South London and South East hub of the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN). FAST-R aids researchers with public involvement, recruitment, regulatory requirements and funding support. It offers researchers across England access to people with experience of mental health problems and their carers, who have been trained to offer advice about patient information sheets, consent forms, recruitment strategies and other protocol materials. All researchers including students and principal investigators working on large multi-centre and industry studies with a mental health focus can apply to use this fast, free and confidential service. To apply to use the service please visit www.mhrn.info/pages/fast-r-service.html
UK Clinical Trials Gateway survey
The UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG) provides information for members of the public and clinicians on clinical research trials being carried out in the UK. This information aims to help people to find out about trials that are relevant to their condition and which they may be able to participate in. An online survey is being carried out to find out your views on the Gateway and how best to strengthen and improve the website and the information it provides.
To give your views visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XK7NTBB by the end of Tuesday 31 July 2012.
Engaging patients in research
On 24 May Guardian Online hosted a live Question and Answer session on what are patients’ perceptions of research and how can we improve their involvement? Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE, was a member of the panel responding to the questions. You can view comments about the discussion on the Guardian website
Information to share or not to share?
An independent panel of experts chaired by Dame Fiona Caldicott is conducting a review of information governance (the principles, processes and legal and ethical responsibilities for managing and handling information).
The review will make recommendations aimed at:
Launch of clinical trials online resources
Insight into the experience of being a child taking part in a clinical trial designed to test new medications or vaccines – as well as the experience of deciding whether to allow your child to participate in such a study – is provided in two new online resources.
Two new sections* of the experiential health websites, www.healthtalkonline.org and www.youthhealthtalk.org, contain interviews with parents and children talking about how they found out about trials, why they decided to take part, or in some cases, decline an invitation to participate, as well as what information they needed and were given and how they felt about the experience.
*Clinical trials: parents’ experiences: www.healthtalkonline.org/medical_research/clinical_trials_parents
*Clinical trials in children and young people: www.youthhealthtalk.org/Clinical_trials_in_children_and_young_people/
New accessibility resource
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has launced a new online resource for anyone who is organising an event and wants to make it accessible and inclusive. The resource is based directly on the views and experiences of people who use services and is split into three main sections:
‘Research People’ videos
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network has developed a series of short videos to increase understanding of the range of people involved in NHS-based research, what they do and how this benefits treatments and services.
Launch of International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) website
The ICPHR was established in 2009 to strengthen the role of participatory health research in intervention design and decision-making on health issues. It is open to stakeholders from all countries interested in promoting the dissemination and further development of participatory health research approaches. The ICPHR carries out it work through three cross-cultural, multinational Action Groups. Learn more about the work of the Collaboration, find out how you can get involved with the Action Groups, and sign up for the quarterly newsletter by visiting the new website: www.icphr.org
New Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute survey
A new online survey has just been launched by an ethics team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to capture public attitudes to sharing genomic results. They hope it will be the largest collection of opinions gathered to date.
Details of the survey project can be found in the press release at www.sanger.ac.uk/about/press/2012/120131.html . The survey itself can be accessed at www.genomethics.org