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A research handbook for patient and public involvement researchers

We have produced a new handbook during our NIHR funded research programme, EQUIP (enhancing service user and carer involvement in mental health care planning). The book was developed from a research methods course originally designed for mental health service users and carers getting involved in patient and public involvement on the project, with the intention of enabling them to be better involved in the programme by having a greater understanding and awareness of the research process.

We have written the book in collaboration with service user and carer researchers, and have made it available open access. We really just want to let as many people know about it, because we think it can add real value, and work as a useful tool not only for PPI contributors but also for research teams, PPI/engagement professionals, third sector organisations, even students.

It is also available in hard copy form which can be purchased, but I have a free supply of books at the moment which I would be delighted to send out to people who might think they could use it in their work.

If you would like a copy, the only thing I ask is if you could let us know how you use the book so that we can keep a record of how it is being used. I would be delighted if anyone wants to get in touch and request one: Kelly.Rushton@manchester.ac.uk

Posted on behalf of Dr Kelly Rushton. Research Associate, Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

Patient Hack Day – September 30 2015

Registration is now open for the second Hack Day which will be taking place on September 30 2015. 

Once again, we’ll be inviting patients, carers, service users or members of the public to pitch their own idea for a research project. The pitchers will then work in groups with other public collaborators and also with researchers and representatives from voluntary organisations to try to translate these ideas into early-stage research proposals.

The Patient Hack 2015 pdf has more info about the venue, what the day involves and how to take part.

This year, we’re specifically inviting pitches around three themes – Mental Health, Technology & Health, and Patient Safety. This is because these are areas of expertise in Manchester which means researchers/ voluntary organisation representatives with relevant experience can be invited to attend.

As with last year’s event, we are inviting 30 public contributors and 30 researchers/ voluntary organisation representatives, and places are available on a first come, first served basis. Public contributors will receive a reimbursement for travel expenses (up to a max of £30) and an attendance fee (£40).

The registration page can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/56LLKSH

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes,
Claire and The Hack Day Team.

Second Patient Hack Day at University of Manchester – registrations open

Registration is now open for the second Patient Hack Day. The event will be held on Wednesday 30 September 10-3pm at The St Thomas Centre in Manchester.

More info about the venue, what the day involves and how to take part is available here.

Once again, inviting patients, carers, service users or members of the public are being invited to pitch their own idea for a research project. The pitchers will then work in groups with other public contributors and also with researchers and representatives from voluntary organisations to try to translate their idea into an early-stage research proposal.

This year, pitches are being invited around three themes – Mental Health, Technology & Health, and Patient Safety. This is because these are areas of expertise at the University of Manchester which means researchers/ voluntary organisation representatives with relevant experience will be in the room. There is more information about pitching here.

As with last year’s event, 30 public contributors and 30 researchers / voluntary organisation representatives are being invited, and places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Register

The registration page can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/56LLKSH

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with:

Find out more about how a hack day works

A blog on the first hack day event is available at http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2014/10/29/sarah-knowles-et-al-hacking-into-health-research/

Reflections from the pitchers on the first hack day are available here.

Reflections and lessons learned from the first hack day are available here.

Reflections about improving support and diversity in public involvement in research developed from discussions on the first hack day are available here.

Celebrating PPIE in Medical and Human Sciences

Friday 10 July, 1:00 – 4pm (registration from 12:30), University of Manchester

A free event open to all of our patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) representatives contributing to our research and teaching.

Celebrate the positive impact that involving patients/carers, service users and the public plays in our research and teaching.

Whether you are a PPIE representative or a researcher/teacher with a PPIE interest:

  • Join us for an afternoon of personal stories, interactive sessions & discussion.
  • Contribute to the PPIE of the Faculty.
  • Meet like-minded people.
  • Learn of opportunities through Friends of MAHSC.

Afternoon tea will be served.

Book your place at:
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-ppie-in-medical-and-human-sciences-tickets-16782254174

Website: www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/public/cei
Email: cei@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 275 5186
Twitter: @FMHS_PPIE