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Course Details

Course: Preparing for Patient & Public Involvement in Research: Training for Researchers Workshop
Course ID: PREPARwiCD Duration: 1 Day
Course: Preparing for Patient & Public Involvement in Research: Training for Researchers Workshop Standalone Course: Yes
Type: Class Awarded:
CPD Points: Type: Structured

Thursday 16th October 2014, University of Salford

University of Salford



In the Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) research field, there is a widely recognised lack of training for both the public and researchers. This course has been devised to help address this need and is aimed at research aware or active staff wishing to know how they can involve the public in their research endeavours. Future courses in 2014 will be specifically designed for a public only audience.

The workshop is aimed at researchers, research managers, clinicians and other staff who consider their public involvement in research knowledge to be at novice or intermediate level.

Our previous workshops have evaluated 100% ‘excellent’:

“Very enjoyable, informative and thought provoking”

“All the examples were extremely useful and brought the subject alive. I have learnt a great deal today”

“Very knowledgeable and engaging facilitator, Valuable insight via contributing her own experiences both good/bad”

The information I got today will help me greatly with my involvement with my PPI group”

  • Identify good practice principles for successful public involvement in research
  • Understand the application of involvement principles in design of research
  • Appreciate how to strengthen public involvement aspects of funding applications
  • Consider impact of involvement – its ‘measurement’ and how to maximise it
  • Explore the realities of public involvement – challenges, benefits, difficulties




9:30 –10:00

Arrival and coffee/tea



10:00 –10:10

Introduction/plan of the day


10:10 –12:00

Principles, opportunities and their practical application

 Interactive presentation
 12:00-13:00  Lunch  

13:00 –13:20

PPI in study design and conduct

Case study 1: Nurse led ward evaluation

Case study 2: Prevention of

loneliness study

Case study 3: Stroke study

Case study 4: Medications appearance study


13:20 - 14:15

Top 10 tips / Activity - Strengthening PPI in funding applications 


14:15 - 14:40 Impact of involvement 

14:40 - 15:00

Coffee / Tea


Managing challenges 

 15:55-16:00 Evaluation / Closure of the session  

Course Facilitator

Dr Tracey Williamson (Research Fellow – Public Engagement/User Involvement in Research, University of Salford)

Tracey is a qualitative researcher with a clinical background in predominantly acute NHS care of older people settings, latterly as a Nurse Consultant (intermediate care & older adults). Tracey currently leads on Public Involvement in Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work at the University of Salford. She has extensive experience as a Co-Applicant on large NIHR funded studies (Health Technology Devices; HTD/i4i; New & Emerging Applications of Technology) and Research Council funded studies (Economic & Social Research Council) is Primary Investigator on many more (e.g. Evaluation of Partnerships for Older People DH funded).

Tracey leads the public involvement aspects on all of her projects and has considerable experience of preparing members of the public for involvement (training and support) as well as other members of the multi-professional research team. She gained a PhD Health Services Research in 2004 having been a Department of Health Research Training Fellow - a scheme aimed at developing future health research leaders. Her PhD used a multi-methods action research approach to evaluate and strengthen multi-disciplinary team decision-making (shared governance) throughout an NHS Trust.

Tracey is an NIHR North West Research Design Service Public & Patient Involvement adviser; has recently completed 8 years as an invited member of INVOLVE and is currently a member of the NW People in Research Forum Training Sub-Group. She was previously a co-Vice Chair of an NHS Local Research Ethics Committee. She has led development of national guidance for both the RCN and NIHR on public involvement in research, written journal articles and presented extensively by invitation on public involvement at national and international conferences. Particular areas of interest are public involvement in technology co-design; built health environments for people with dementia, the research careers of the public involved in research and impact of public involvement.

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