Jacintha McGahon is the BRC’s Patient and Public Involvement lead.

Her role is to support researchers to implement PPI into their research and also to support patients and members of the public who would like to get involved in research.

The service is led by the BRC but any researcher can contact the team to request one on one support and advice. This may include help setting up a new PPI group, gaining advice on a lay summary, organising mock interviews with a patient group or general advice on where to start with implementing PPI in a study.

Other support available to all health care professionals employed by Kings Health Partners includes:

  • Signposting to relevant patient and public groups
  • A range of useful information and resources e.g. Volunteer role descriptions, Terms of Reference, payment policies.
  • Free training on Implementing PPI in Research. These 2.5 hour sessions are provided in collaboration with the Research Design Service, London and are co-designed and co-delivered by trained patients and members of the public. See our events page for upcoming sessions.
  • Free training for patients and members of the public who are interesting in Getting Involved in Research.

Please note that to maximise benefit for your study you should get in contact as early as possible during the set up process.

Claire O’Neill is the BRC’s Public Engagement lead and she can help with

  • Strategic planning of public engagement to improve your research exposure and personal profiles
  • Including engagement in your research funding applications
  • Sharing pre-existing engagement events and initiatives and how you can take part
  • Offering training in public engagement with research
  • Providing contacts, resources, materials and funds if required
  • Offering support and advice on getting started with engagement
  • Support to promote your research for example via Research Snapshots.

Please do get in touch with the team as soon as possible.