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.
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 2005 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 two representatives 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:
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:
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 Sonya Prime.