2004 Conference

The North West Users Research Advisory Group (NWURAG) has been meeting regularly since 2000 with the aim of promoting the NHS policy of User involvement in R&D in the North West region. The Group comprises 50% lay members and 50% professionals (a mix of academics and health service personnel). The Group is supported by Health R&D North West and has a paid facilitator.

The group felt there was a need to produce material that would give guidance to local researchers and organisations on the practical issues of User involvement, particularly at the design and management phase of the research cycle. Great emphasis was given to the format of this information so that even the most reluctant of researchers would be encouraged to involve Users in health research.

Authors

Bitcon ~ Evelyn

Lay member, North West Users Research Advisory Group

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Britt ~ David

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool. David Britt is a retired biomedical scientist teacher/researcher and a stroke survivor, now active in practising and promoting PPI in health/social care research.

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Morris ~ Sara

R&D Manager, User Involvement Health R&D North West. Sara Morris has worked in health research for twelve years. Her research experience involved the social needs and desires of people with cancer. She is now working for Health R&D NW to support and develop user involvement in research. She facilitates the North West Users Research Advisory Group as part of her role.

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