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.
Elaine Jones is a lay co-researcher who went from no research experience at all to being a co-researcher on a Big Lottery funded study of loneliness (Saying Hello). Since then she has contributed to INVOLVE guidance on public involvement, been involved in other research and presented nationally and internationally about her involvement experiences.