This is a one-day training course commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research’s Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre (NIHR CCC), with the intention of introducing both researchers and members of the public to patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.
What is the aim of the training?
The aims are to:
Who are the target audience?
What does the training involve?
This is an interactive course. Issues covered during the training include:
What are the outcomes?
By the end of the course, participants have:
Who developed the training? Were members of the public involved?
The training was developed in response to a detailed brief from the commissioners. It was developed by Bec Hanley, Rachel Purtell and Derek Stewart; Rachel and Derek are both service users.
Who delivers the training? Are members of the public involved?
The training is delivered by TwoCan Associates and service users are involved in delivering the course both as trainers and presenters.
How do you support participants after the training?
The trainers are not contracted to provide any support or information after the training; there is an assumption that support will be provided by PPI leads from within the Clinical Research Networks at a local and national level. However, as part of the training the facilitators give their contact details and invite people to contact them if they have any queries.
Have you evaluated the training?
An evaluation form is issued to participants at the end of each course. The evaluation of one of the more recent courses (July 2009) showed the following from 28 returned evaluation forms:
When is this training most useful? Who is it most useful for?
This is a general introduction largely to motivate and enthuse people about public involvement in research. Participants may need follow-up support and information before becoming involved or involving people in practice. This training would be useful for universities, research centres or research networks looking to train their researchers and to encourage and motivate them to involve service users in their work.
Contact for more information:
Bec Hanley at TwoCan Associates