Public and patient engagement
The engagement and involvement of patients and members of the public in research, teaching and learning is an integral part of the way the FBMH works.
Involving a range of different people in our work provides opportunities for unique and valuable insights, and can lead to more effective, creative, meaningful and credible ways of working.
Social responsibility projects
Following two new funding calls – SR in the Curriculum and Engaging our Communities – project information, together with contact details, is now available to view.
|Name||Dr Stephanie Snow|
|Title||Stroke, Self and Brain|
|Audience||Stroke survivors, medical students, clinicians|
This project is to expand work into current medical teaching curriculum using art workshops with stroke survivors where Medical students and clinicians can engage with patients and carers.
Students to produce a short video of the workshops giving them the opportunity the develop public engagement skills.
This video will then be used in curriculum teaching and also be used to pilot other work such as dementia, MS and Parkinson's disease
|Main contact||Emmanuel Pinteaux|
|Name||Dr Caroline Sanders|
|Title||Developing a culture for PPI in research for undergrad med students|
|Audience||Undergrad medical Students , PPI partners|
To enable understanding of the rationale for PPI in research what it is (and is not) & how to do high quality in PPI in clinical and applied health services and public health research.
An introduction to PPI seminar event. Podcast and online resources to be made available.
|Main contact||Caroline Sanders|
|Name||Dr Sara Tai|
|Title||Division of Psychology and Mental Health|
|Audience||People living with mental health difficulties, medical students|
Providing students with "real world" experience of the contexts in which theyare applying research, theory and practice learnt on the course.
Helping to develop reflective, responsible and employable graduates by interacting with people with lived experience of mental health difficulties.
The plan is to invite two external speakers contribute to a two-hour lecture.
|Main contact||Sara Tai|
|Name||Dr Ellen Poliakoff|
|Title||Parkinson's Disease from Inside Out|
|Audience||Medical students, PPI volunteer|
Highlight the relevance of PPI/E in both teaching and research.
Students able to participate in the filming and editing of PPI volunteer living with Parkinson's.
Students to write short reflection pf their experience and with their permission to be shared in newsletters/blogs/websites. The film can be used in lectures in future years.
|Main contact||Ellen Poliakoff|
|Name||Dr Julia Humphreys|
|Title||The Manchester Medical School Personal Excellence Pathway in Medical Humanities|
This project enables students to explore the theoretical basis of medical humanities, whilst developing their talents for communication through art and music both in the classroom and paediatric wards of Manchester Royal Infirmary.
This involves community engagement by working alongside the Lime Arts charity, also cultural engagement via an annual field trip (previous trips have included the Royal Exchange Theatre).
|Name||Dr Rhona Macleod|
|Title||Understanding the patient's experience of genomic counselling; novel filmed teaching material for postgraduate education of healthcare professionals|
|Audience||Medical students and patient-lived experience of genetic condition|
To deliver a patient experience teaching aid of approximately 30 minutes, comprising of a Chinese patient talking about their experience of having a genetic condition and their experience of clinical genomic services in China.
The video would be used as a teaching aid for both online and face-to-face teaching.
|Main contact||Rhona Macleod|
|Name||Dr Catherine Lawrence|
|Title||Enhancing the students awareness of the patient experience|
|Audience||Final year medical students|
The unit aims to provide an extensive knowledge of the role of inflammation in the nervous system, both in health and disease, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.
Students learn about fundamental mechanisms involved in disease but are disconneded from "real life".
This project is to expose students to the "real clinical situation", encouraging "engaging with communities". Able to ask questions with patients living with Alzeheimer's and life after a stroke.
|Main contact||Catherine Lawrence|
|Name||Dr Nick Grey|
|Title||Preparing dental students to lead a socially-responsible and sustainable dental and oral health care system|
|Audience||Undergraduate dentistry students and external guest speakers/representatives of outside agencies (ie dentists, NHS officials, dental charities, researchers and representatives of dental public health programmes)|
This project aims to go beyond the immediate demands of the dental curriculum and facilitates initiatives that encourage undergraduate students to experience the sense of social responsibility in order to integrate in their dental practice.
Two workshops involving groups of students and team members to prepare for the event (Social Responsibility Day).
The project would expect to students to learn and consider how dentists can act in a socially responsible manner.
To enthuse students to volunteer and work with a local charity and coach nursery nurses, so that they will be confident in running activities aiming to prevent poor oral health in children.
To create video-clips illustrating student’s opinions in relation to Social Responsibility (SR) and Sustainable Development (SD) and to share them on the School's website.
|Main contact||Nick Grey|
|Name||Dr Joanne Pennock|
|Title||My research, your disease: Patient involvement in healthcare science research|
|Audience||Medical students and patients|
Workshop Structured morning session for students to prepare for patient dialogue to include research case studies, role play, group discussion and Q&A prep for the afternoon.
Structured afternoon session to give 6 patients the opportunity to share their stories.
|Main contact||Joanne Pennock|
|Title||Widening Participation to Medicine Conference|
Sixth form students from lower socio-economic background
Manchester Outreach Medics
Widening participation event for 6th form students from lower socio-economic background to consider a career in medicine.
Event to be held at Royal Preston Hospital Education Centre. Participants given the opportunity to take part in lectures and activities on the topic of medicine and given the opportunity to deliver a presentation.
The presentation to be delivered to Manchester Outreach Medics team or other medical professionals.
Benefits : to gain insight into the world of medicine, improve presentation skills, build confidence.
The project aim is to introduce and encourage young people from less affluent areas.
|Main contact||Ben Ryan|
|Title||African Caribbean Society BME Mental Health Week|
|Audience||Students, local community and guest speakers|
Create more spaces for the discussion and exploration of the concept of mental health within the minority groups, dissecting how it may affect them differently.
Show and investigate how mental health can be viewed through a varity of mediums and perspectives, allowing people to see the effects of and undestand mental health in more interactive ways.
|Main contact||Mukosa Tengenesha|
|Title||Forensic PPI - how does it work?|
Researchers and clinicians
PPI forensic experts
Within forensic mental health research, users of the criminal justice system (CJS) are often overlooked in more mainstream Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) initiatives.
This project aims to adopt a pioneering approach to PPI that seeks to involve CJS service users within the applicant’s forensic mental health pioneering approach to PPI that seeks to involve CJS service users within the applicant’s forensic mental health research programme.
Specifically, this project will seek to establish a forensic PPI group with the aim of drawing on their lived experience to inform the applicant’s study, which is a qualitative exploration of how prisoners experience their emotions and how this relates to suicide and aggression.
Following their involvement, PPI group members will be consulted to evaluate their experience of engagement with the research. This will form the basis of the creation be consulted to evaluate their experience of engagement with the research. This will form the basis of the creation how to utilise forensic PPI within future research endeavours.
|Main contact||Laura Hemming|
|Name||Dr Rebecca Farrington|
|Title||Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) community awareness Day|
|Audience||A multidisciplinary audience is expected, comprising professionals, volunteers, community members (especially the settled refugee population), and Manchester’s student body.|
Greater Manchester is a hotspot for FGM practising communities in the UK despite it being illegal. Health and social care workers now have a legal obligation to report the practice, but many remain unsure about its origins and impact.
It is a difficult and often sensitive subject that isn’t spoken about widely.
|Main contact||Rebecca Farrington|
|Name||Professor Ann Caress|
|Title||Exploring the Potential of Dance to Promote Activity Maintenance in People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and their Informal Carers|
|Audience||People with COPD and their carers|
COPD is a very common lung condition which causes progressively worsening breathlessness. Over time COPD can impact on an individual’s mobility, impair their quality of life and cause social isolation.
Levels of COPD in Greater Manchester are exceptionally high. There is good evidence that staying physically active can slow down the progression of COPD and improve well-being.
|Main contact||Ann Caress|
|Name||Dr Dawn Edge|
|Title||Reflections on service user, carer and community involvement in co-producing Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) with African-Caribbean people|
Local and national black and ethnic (BME) communities and the wider public
Mental health and social care professionals in the NHS
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded a three-year study to culturally-adapt an existing family therapy for African-Caribbean people and evaluate whether African-Caribbean service users, their families and healthcare professionals find CaFI helpful and culturally-acceptable.
African-Caribbean people fear, mistrust and have poor experiences of mental health services. To make co-production and testing this new ‘talking treatment’ feasible, it was crucial to partner with community members, actively involving them in every aspect of the research. This involved agreeing research questions in community conferences and focus groups, developing the grant as co-applicants and collaborators, being members of and chairing research management and advisory sub-committees, and disseminating findings at conferences.
|Main contact||Dawn Edge|
- For advice on arranging payments for public contributors, see our payment guidance
- To view, add or edit details of your engagement and involvement work, visit the engagement and involvement project database (UoM login required)
The following sections contain useful links for researchers who'd like to involve patients in their research or take part in engagement activities.
|How should I plan my budget?
Budgeting for involvement: Practical advice on budgeting for actively involving the public in research studies
How can I estimate the costs of public involvement?
|What is the impact of public involvement in the ethical design and conduct of research?
Public involvement in research: impact on ethical aspects of research. This resource provides examples of the impact of public involvement in the ethical design and conduct of research.
|When is ethical approval required?
Public involvement in research and research ethics committee review
|Where can I find more about public and patient involvement?
A PPI Good Practice Handbook for UK Health Care Regulators
|How can I use social media to actively involve people in research?
Guidance on the use of social media to actively involve people in research
|How does public involvement add value to research?
How public involvement ‘adds value’ to commissioning research
|What do I need to know about running public engagement events?
Advice and documents required for public engagement events
How do I evaluate public engagement activities?
Public engagement: Evaluation guide
|Where can I find examples of PPI in primary care research?
Public and patient involvement: Case studies in primary care research
|How should I reimburse members of the public who are involved in my research?
A guide for making payments to members of the public actively involved in NHS, public health and social care research
|Patient and public involvement: A resource for researchers||Read more|
|National Institute for Health Research: Going the extra mile
Improving the nation’s health and wellbeing through public involvement in research
|Mental health researchers’ TOOLKIT for involving service users in the research process||Read more|
|Good practice guidance for involving people with experience of mental health problems in research||Read more|
|Provision for Public Engagement: Ten Common Pitfalls||Read more|
|An evaluation of the process and impact of patient and public involvement in the advisory groups of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration||Read more|
|Working Together: A toolkit for health professionals on how to involve the public||Read more|
|National Institute for Health Research - Patient and public involvement in health and social care research||Read more|
|The EDGE tool: self-assess your support for public engagement.
This tool allows you to assess your institution’s support for public engagement. You can access a guide to how to use the tool here
|The endocrinologist - Let's talk about hormones: how to succeed in public engagement||Read more|
North West People in Research Forum
The North West People in Research Forum is devoted to supporting patient and public involvement (PPI) and public engagement (PE) in health and social care research in the North West of England.
Research Design Service North West
The Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a network of regional Research Design Services in England.
The Research Design Service provides advice on research design to researchers in the North West who are developing proposals for national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.
The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) Greater Manchester is a partnership between providers and commissioners from the NHS, industry, the third sector and The University of Manchester.
Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)
The 13 Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) are funded by the National Institute for Health Research and undertake high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and support the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS.
CLAHRCs are collaborative partnerships between a university and the surrounding NHS organisations, focused on improving patient outcomes through the conduct and application of applied health research. They create and embed approaches to research and its dissemination that are specifically designed to take account of the way that health care is increasingly delivered across sectors and a wide geographical area.
Are you interested in public engagement? Do you want to meet other like-minded people at the University? Would you like to hear some inspiring ideas?
Manchester Minute Lectures - YouTube
Short Youtube clips that aim to communicate latest advancement in research to the public.
Life Sciences Series - YouTube
UoM researchers discuss their work.
Patient Research Ambassador Initiative (PRAI) - YouTube
Patients act as research ambassadors to promote the importance of PPI.
National Institute for Health Research TV - YouTube
Video on PPI
Health Education England - YouTube
Nursing Careers and Care Pathways - Patient and Public Involvement
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust - YouTube
This video provides a good example of patient involvement.
NHS R&D Northwest The Big Comedy Shop - YouTube
This video clip is the output of a workshop led by the Big Comedy Shop to explore the use of comedy in communicating about research.
NHS R&D North West are funding further workshops to enable research groups in the North West to explore comedy as a mechanism for public engagement with research.
Medical Research Council - What is patient and public involvement? - YouTube
This film explores how patients and the public can work together with doctors and researchers on clinical research. In this short film, three patient representatives talk about their experience of being involved in clinical trials.
Engagement@Manchester - YouTube
Films@Manchester - YouTube
This film explores how to involve older people in research to develop efficient age-friendly communities.
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) - NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC - YouTube
Carolyn Gamble, the current Chair of the patient and public involvement group for the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC, talks about her experience of involvement in the work of the research centre and why PPI is so important.
BioMed Central has established a new, open access journal called Research Involvement and Engagement.
The journal showcases the latest research into the involvement and engagement of patients and the wider public in health and social care. The journal is co-produced by all key stakeholders, including patients, academics, policy makers and service users.
- Crocker, J.C., Boylan, A.M., Bostock, J. and Locock, L. (2016) Is it worth it? Patient and public views on the impact of their involvement in health research and its assessment: a UK‐based qualitative interview study. Health Expectations. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hex.12479/full
- Dudley, L., Gamble, C., Preston, J., Buck, D., Hanley, B., Williamson, P., Young, B. and EPIC Patient Advisory Group (2015) What difference does patient and public involvement make and what are its pathways to impact? Qualitative study of patients and researchers from a cohort of randomised clinical trials. PloS one, 10(6). Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0128817
- Brett, J., Staniszewska, S., Mockford, C., Herron‐Marx, S., Hughes, J., Tysall, C. and Suleman, R. (2014) Mapping the impact of patient and public involvement on health and social care research: a systematic review. Health Expectations, 17(5), pp.637-650. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2012.00795.x/full
- Esmail, L., Moore, E. and Rein, A. (2015) Evaluating patient and stakeholder engagement in research: moving from theory to practice. Journal of comparative effectiveness research, 4(2), pp.133-145. Available at http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/abs/10.2217/cer.14.79
- Davies, R. (2016) What is going on in public involvement in health research? A qualitative exploration of aims, processes and outcomes. MPhil, University of theWest of England. Available at: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28686
- Becket, G., Wilson, S.E., Greenwood, K.J., Urmston, A. and Malihi-Shoja, L. (2014) Involving patients and the public in the delivery of pharmacy education. The Phamaceutical Journal, 292(7813) p.585. Available at: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/26245/
- Staniszewska, S., Brett, J., Mockford, C. and Barber, R., 2011. The GRIPP checklist: strengthening the quality of patient and public involvement reporting in research. International journal of technology assessment in health care, 27(04), pp.391-399. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22004782
You can also download a list of Journal and Blog articles [pdf]
Centre for Musculoskeletal Research
The Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CfMR) User Group (RUG) is a group of lay individuals who have an active interest in musculoskeletal health, either living with a musculoskeletal condition themselves or caring for someone who does.
Patient Safety Translational Research Council (PSTRC)
The Greater Manchester PSTRC has a number of ways for patients, carers and members of the public to get involved in its research.
Impact Psoriasis – RUG
This Research User Group advises the IMPACT research team on various aspects of their research studies specifically investigating different areas of research into psoriasis; this includes both the physical and psychological side to the condition.
PRIME - Primary Care Research in Manchester Engagement Resource
This is a patient, carer and public involvement group working collaboratively with primary care researchers
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust – Research User Group
The Trust’s Research User Group was founded in 2009 to ensure that the views of members are taken on-board to both improve the quality of research studies as well as making sure the work is useful, relevant and of high quality.
Group members can become involved in various stages of the research process from identifying, prioritising and designing projects, to analysing, interpreting and cascading results. The group is open to all regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or disability.
Teaching and learning
See a list of engagement and involvement resources for teaching and learning staff at Manchester.
- University of Nottingham (2012) Involving Service Users and Carers in your Teaching, a practical guide
- Patient and public involvement in undergraduate medical education. Advice supplementary to Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009)
- Patient Information Forum (PiF): toolkit to support the creation of high quality health information
- DUCIE network: Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education (DUCIE)
- COMENSUS: Service users and carers in higher education
- The Lived Experience Network (LEN), Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME)
- Patient stories – this site uses digital, broadcast and social media approaches to provoke debate about quality issues in healthcare and have been used to positive effect in undergraduate teaching and learning.
- Healthtalkonline – provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences, eg Teaching for undergraduate palliative medicine.
- Basset, T., Campbell, P., and Anderson, J. (2006) Service user/survivor involvement in mental health training and education: overcoming the barriers. Social Work Education. 25, (4), pp. 393-402.
- Chambers, M., and Hickey, G., (2012) Service user involvement in the design and delivery of education and training programmes leading to registration with the Health Professions Council. Kingston University, London. pp. 1 - 158.
- Flanagan, J. (1999) Public Participation in the Design of Educational Programmes for Cancer Nurses: A Case Report. European Journal of Cancer Care. 8. pp. 107-102
- Khoo, R, McVicar, A., Brandon, D. (2004) Service user involvement in postgraduate mental health education. Does it benefit practice? Journal of Mental Health, 13, (5), pp. 481-92.
- O’Keefe, M. and Britten, N. (2005) Lay participation in medical school curriculum development: whose problem is it? Medical Education. 39, pp. 651–652.
- Spencer, J., Godolphin, W., Karpenko, N., and Towle, A. (2011). Can patients be teachers: Involving patients and service users in healthcare professionals' education? The Health Foundation. p.p. 1 – 78.
- Towle A, Bainbridge l, Godolphin W et al. Active patient involvement in the education of health professionals. Medical Education 2010;44:64–74.
- Involving patients and the public in the delivery of pharmacy education, The Pharmaceutical Journal 30 May 2014 (Perspective article).
- Mckeown M, Malihi-Shoja L, Downe S. Service user and carer involvement in education for health and social care. Chichester: Blackwell Publishing; 2010.