On Tuesday September 26th CLAHRC North Thames’ public and patient partners took part in a learning exchange visit to Peninsula CLAHRC (PenCLAHRC).
The trip to PenCLAHRC’s Exeter office was part of our wider efforts to make connections with other CLAHRCs, especially those serving different populations in settings different from ours.
A delegation of CLAHRC North Thames public partners, staff and students (below right) visited colleagues at PenCLAHRC to make connections, compare notes on involving people in research and discuss future working together. Eight members of our lay Research Advisory Panel joined our PPI/E officer Steven Towndrow and CLAHRC PhD Nehla Djelloui who is investigating involving people in large scale service change in the NHS.
We were hosted by
- The PenCLAHRC PPI Team – Kate Boddy, Kristin Liabo, Helen Burchmore, Emma Cockcroft and Tanya Hynd, led by Professor Nicky Britten.
- Members of PenPIG (Peninsula Public Involvement Group) PenCLAHRC’s service user involvement group
- The Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit for Childhood Disability Research (PenCRU) Family Faculty – made up of families of disabled children involved in PenCRU’s work.
We were welcomed by PenCLAHRC Director Professor Stuart Logan who set out the aims and objectives of PenCLAHRC and their partnership working with patients and the public.
After some introductions and networking we then looked at a research study early in development. Both sets of patient and public contributors provided the benefit of their experience and expertise to help shape the research.
Our thanks to Kristin and the PenCLAHRC PPI team – for making us so welcome and for all their work in making the day a success. We are planning a return visit which will see PenCLAHRC come to London in the new year.