Claire O’Neill is Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Manager for the BRC. In the first of a series of posts updating on the PPIE team’s work against their five year strategy, she tells us about how they plan to share what they’ve already been up to.

Child at Summer science exhibitionOur team is always really busy, running projects with the public in south east London to share the research we do and working with the Guy’s and St Thomas’ patients and the public to get them involved in research.

We always encourage researchers to make sure that what they are doing is open and accessible to the public, and we want to make sure we practise what we preach. To do this, we’ve created a page where you can find out what we have been up to and see how it fits in with our five-year strategy.

Our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) five year strategy outlines the ten key objectives we are working towards between 2017 and 2022.

To help us to achieve these objectives, we have developed a series of projects which we are working on with the Clinical Research Facility and the Medtech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operative (MIC) team.

We are really proud of the work we’ve been doing so far in this period so it’s wonderful for us to have a place to update patients, the public and our staff.

For me, some of the biggest highlights of the summer have been our work against our objective to ‘promote NIHR research at GSTT/KCL within the local community to increase awareness of research activity.’

We ran the King’s Health Partners Summer School for local GCSE students. This year, students took part in a simulation of a cardiac arrest, and got a taste of careers in research on both physical and mental health.

We also committed to ‘improve and increase the dissemination of research findings from research studies with a particular focus on reaching those who participated.’ One of the projects we’ve launched as part of this is our research snapshots. In the past few months, we’ve published a Snapshot from Dr David Wyatt and his team, who explain their work exploring public attitudes to GP records being used for research. We have also published a Snapshot where Dr Ali Abbasi talks about the work his team did on exploring the link between childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

You can learn more about Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement and how we can support you here.

For more information on Patient and Public Involvement you can contact Alistair Weir, or for support with Public Engagement, contact Claire O’Neill.