2012 Conference

Abstract: Many different organisations work within the sphere of patient and public involvement (PPI) in the East of England. Many of the organisations have distinct roles within PPI and yet some of these roles, especially within the sphere of training and support, tend to overlap. The different organisations also tend to have access to specialised knowledge and resources. It is therefore important to have a platform where organisations can network and share knowledge and resources. The Research Design Service has been creating such a platform by bringing together the different organisations across the region working in PPI.

This presentation/poster explores the organisations involved in PPI in the East of England and explores how these organisations came together in regional forums to collaboratively work together to improve PPI across the region. One of the themes that will be explored will be how the regional working group collaboratively developed a highly successful training programme. Another theme will be the exploration of how the regional forum identified a lack of an organised PPI in research group in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and proceeded to launch a new PPI in research group called INsPIRE to provide PPI input into health and social care research in the two counties.

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Romero ~ Jacqueline

Co-ordinator: Public and Patient Involvement in Research (PPIRes)/Research & Development Department NHS Norfolk.

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Tembo ~ Doreen

Dr Doreen Tembo works as a research adviser and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Lead for the National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) East of England and facilitates the regional RDS PPI Working Group which includes PPI advisers/academics, coordinators from the NHS/NIHR and lay representatives.

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Waddingham ~ Paula

Audit, Research & Effectiveness Manager/Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) Facilitator Manager & INsPIRE Lead

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Wilson ~ Patricia

Professor Patricia Wilson was chief investigator of the RAPPORT (ReseArch with Patient and Public InvOlvement: a RealisT Evaluation) study. While RAPPORT was being conducted she worked at the University of Hertfordshire as Reader in Patient Experience. On 1 April she moved to University of Kent as Professor of Primary and Community Care.

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