WCH Research Unit Patient & Public Involvement

Our Team does not just involve patients as Research/Trial participants. We are also committed to involving patients and the public in every stage of a research project’s journey. From the development of an idea, through to the sharing of a project’s findings. We feel strongly that consistent involvement and engagement with our patient and public partners in our research will result in high quality projects that are focussed on patients, and with outcomes that are important to them. We want to address real world healthcare challenges and improve the care of patients, but we can only do this by understanding and listening to their opinions and ensuring we have a culture that encourages patient driven ideas and priority setting.
We currently have a general PPI group, but we are always keen to expand and have new members join us!

Who is this opportunity for?
Patients with experience of Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Maternity services or members of the public with an interest in improving Women & Children’s Health and Care through research.
(Please note, we also have project-specific groups whose members may have a particular condition or experience.

What does involvement entail?
The Research Unit will host quarterly PPI involvement meetings, with further opportunities in-between, as required. These meetings will usually involve: informal discussions with researchers about their project ideas, helping to review research summaries and other research documentation, and giving the general “lived experience” perspective and advice to our research staff and clinicians on how best to deliver our projects.

When?
The dates and times of all the meetings will be agreed well in advance and we will endeavour to give as much notice as we can. Timings will be varied and flexible to accommodate the group.

Where?
Some meetings will be held in the Learning and Research building at Southmead Hospital. However, we will be hosting our sessions in less formal and more child-friendly places going forward – so mums (and dads!) can bring their babies and children along, as required.
If you are interested in being involved in our general and/or or a specific project’s PPI group, would like to register your interest, or would just like some more information please email: laura.timlin@nbt.nhs.uk