Putting it into Practice

Title: Regional working in the East of England: using the UK National Standards for Public Involvement.
Author: Elspeth Mathie, Helena Wythe, Diane Munday, Graham Rhodes, Penny Vicary, Paul Millac and Julia Jones.
Date Published: 2018
Reference: Research Involvement and Engagement 4:48
Are service users or carers authors: Yes

Abstract: Involving patients and members of the public to help shape and carry out research is recommended in health research in the United Kingdom (UK). There are a number of regional networks of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) groups, which support the collaboration between researchers, patients and public members. We are a group of researchers, patients and public members who came together via a PPI regional network in the East of England to collaborate on a research study about the extent of feedback from researchers to PPI contributors. The aim of this paper is to use the recently developed UK National Standards for Public Involvement to structure our thinking about what worked well and what did not, within our recently completed study. We believe this paper is one of the first to use the National Standards to structure a retrospective reflection on PPI within a study. Our findings showed that there are benefits of regional working, including easier access to public members and bringing together researchers, public members and those who run PPI groups for research collaboration. The main challenges included involvement of people before studies are funded and working across organisations with different payment processes. The National Standards for Public Involvement has provided a useful framework to consider how best to involve patients and members of the public in research and could be a helpful structure to reflect on successes and challenges in individual projects and also regional, national or international comparisons of PPI in research.

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assessing the quality of involvement

Date Entered: 2019/01/08

Date Edited: 2019/01/08

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