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.
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.
Successful applicants will build partnerships across the UK and India to execute research that will impact the ability to prevent, diagnose and manage prevalent chronic and infectious diseases facing women and their unborn children in low-and middle-income (LMIC).
By successfully navigating the initial round of the application process (“the concept proposal”) Professor Lakhanpaul has secured a £4000 travel grant to support the development of a partnership for the full proposal development process. Her initial concept proposal was for a vitamin on vitamin B12 trial in pregnant women and children in India.
A full proposal will be made in September for the larger pot of funding.