Patient Experience and Public Involvement
The Patient Experience and Public Involvement Unit conducts research that informs the patient experience of health and illness. There is an excellent track record of publications and research impact which were submitted to the REF 2014, reflecting the academic success of the Unit.
- Dr Julia Jones (Unit Lead)
- Professor Brian Littlechild
- Julie Mace (PIRg administrator)
- Dr Elspeth Mathie
- Dr Jane Smiddy
- Professor Hilary Thomas
- Dr Daksha Trivedi
- Dr Helena Wythe
How we work
We involve the public at all stages of our research and integral to this ethos is the Patient Involvement in Research group (PIRg), which has been embedded in our research unit since 2006, and is composed of members of the public, service users and carers.
Not only do PIRg members provide a lay perspective to our research but they are increasingly involved in co-producing the research that we undertake, including co-applicants and co-researchers on projects.
The PIRg has a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society and links with Hertfordshire Healthwatch making associations within and beyond Hertfordshire and into condition-specific organisations and support agencies. Public involvement and patient experience are themes which cut across all of CRIPACC's programme areas: supporting and complementing the other main programme areas within the Centre.
Under the current leadership of Dr Julia Jones, CRIPACC has achieved an excellent national and international reputation and established strong collaborations with a wide range of external partners including:
- the James Lind Alliance
- the CLAHRC East of England
- the Research Design Service
- the Comprehensive Research Network.
Professor Hilary Thomas is a Trustee of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. Professor Brian Littlechild is a Founding Member of the European Research Institute for Social Work.
Unit staff are currently engaged in implementation and research work within the patient and public involvement (PPI) research theme of the CLAHRC East of England. Dr. Elspeth Mathie (UH) and Professor Fiona Poland (UEA) co-lead the Patient and Public in Research theme of the CLAHRC East of England. PPI and patient experience projects currently ongoing within the CLAHRC East of England, and involving unit staff, are:
- PIPPIN: Patient and service users as research partners: what models work best to improve patient experience in long term conditions? This study is hosted at the University of Hertfordshire. The CI for the study is Maria Da Silva-Gane of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, who is also an honorary research fellow within CRIPACC. The study is being project managed by Dr Jane Smiddy.
- Impact of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI): ‘Completing the Feedback Cycle’
The study is based at University of Hertfordshire, working with 6 PPI organisations across the East of England. The study is led by Dr Elspeth Mathie with Dr Helena Wythe completing the team.
- RAPPORT: Research with Patient and Public Involvement: A Realist Evaluation. Collaboration between University of Hertfordshire, University of East Anglia, University of Warwick and University of Kent (2013-2015). Funded by the National Institute for Health Research ‘Health Services and Delivery Research’ funding programme. CI for the study was Professor Patricia Wilson (now University of Kent).
- IMPRESS: ‘Implementing PPI in an NHS Research Programme: evaluating the PPI contribution to CLAHRC research implementation’ (2014 -2016). Funded by the CLAHRC EoE, the study is a collaboration between the Universities of Hertfordshire and East Anglia. Dr. Helena Wythe was part of the IMPRESS team. View results of the study.
- SELFMADE: ‘Self-management and Dialysis Evaluation’ study. A precursor to PIPPIN this study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research and helped people with kidney failure to improve their own health through their own actions.
For more information about the research unit please contact Dr Julia Jones.
For more information about the Public Involvement in research group (PIRg) please contact Julie Mace.