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February Public Contributor Induction Session

We are pleased to announce that the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health will be hosting the next Faculty Public Contributor Induction Session in February.

The session is relevant for both new and experienced public contributors and will take place on the 12th February 9.30-12.30pm and will be hosted by Dr Stephanie Snow, Academic Lead for Community Engagement and Involvement.

The Induction will cover all aspects of being a public contributor within the Faculty including presentations from a public contributor, researcher, lecturer, student and members of the Social Responsibility and Public Engagement team. The presentations will provide attendees with information regarding Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement within the Faculty plus the role of a Public Contributor within that area. You will also have the option to attend a social media training course run by a member of the Faculty’s digital marketing team which will take place 1.30-2.30pm.

Attending the induction session is optional and reasonable travel expenses (up to £10) will be provided. For further information including registration details please visit the following Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-contributor-induction-session-tickets-52953328832#tickets

If you have any technical issues or you would like to register by phone or email please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk or telephone 0161 275 5186. Please note you don’t need to attend both sessions and can just attend the social media session if you have already attended the Induction Session.

Further information including the confirmed programme will be sent to registered attendees via email a week before the session. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk

We plan to organise two/three induction sessions per year, if you are unable to attend the February session and would like to be contacted when future session dates are confirmed please contact srbmh@manchester.ac.uk and we will add you to our Induction Session distribution list.

Posted on behalf of Samantha Franklin, Social Responsibility Project Officer, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manhcester

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

Masterclass: Communication Skills in Public and Patient Involvement

Masterclass: Communication Skills in Public and Patient Involvement
Tuesday 21/06/2016, 13:00 – 16:30, Stopford Building

This half-day workshop has been designed for researchers who would like to improve their communication skills for the purposes of involving the public in research.

Attendees should have a basic understanding of what patient and public involvement either having attended the Introduction to Patient and Public Involvement workshop (FMHSS6018) and/or prior experience of involving the public in research as collaborators not participants.

By the end of this workshop you will have explored:

  • How to negotiate with public contributors when making decisions
  • How to manage expectations
  • How to manage difficult situations and disagreements
  • How to get the best out of PPI/E activities and events through better collaborative working with different stakeholders.
  • Transferable skills in leading and facilitating meetings and events that will be valuable to all areas of academic life.

Facilitators: The workshop is delivered by Claire Planner, Dr Sarah Knowles and Dr Rebecca Morris along with members of the public members of the PRIMER PPI group.

Register: To book your place on this free course, visit: https://app.manchester.ac.uk/FMHSS6023