Following the success of our new Research Methods online courses, our School of Translational and Experimental Medicine (STEM) team have trialled an online version of the extremely popular Implementing Patient and Public Involvement training for researchers.

These unique workshops are co-designed and co-delivered by trained patients representatives and give participants the opportunity to discuss specific challenges in their own studies with patients who have experience of involvement in research. The workshop is targeted towards researchers who are currently in the process of applying for research funding to the National Institute for Health Research or similar funding streams.

This training is provided in collaboration with the Research Design Service London.

On Tuesday 28 April, Jacintha McGahon, our PPIE Manager – Involvement Lead, and Charlotte Kuhlbrandt, Research Associate at Research Design Service London, delivered the first session to 38 researchers via Microsoft Teams. All participants were keen to learn how they can continue to involve patients and the public in their work while we all adjust to new ways of working due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our trainers are also looking at how we can continue to improve the online offering and are exploring ways of delivering the courses via video links that help to bring people together, as well as record the sessions.

Alero Dabor, Patient Trainer said “Considering it was our first virtual presentation, I was extremely impressed and inspired by the researchers who virtually attended and participated.  They listened, engaged and asked questions.

“I would also like to mention BRC and Research Design Service teams Jacintha, Charlotte, Catherine (IT) and the amazing chair who enabled us present the workshop seamlessly.  I felt I was in the same room with everyone.  I hope the researchers benefitted from it.”

Attendee, Charlotte Kelley Jones, First year PhD student, Faculty of Life Sciences said:

“This coherent and professionally presented webinar surpassed all expectations. It is very well structured and provides an excellent introduction to the rationale for patient and public involvement alongside practical strategies and direction for all stages of research. I thoroughly recommend this training module to all researchers irrespective of discipline and stage of career”.

Upcoming dates are on our Events page.

Our courses are available for free to any member of King’s Health Partners and selected others:

  • King’s College London
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George’s University of London
  • St George’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • RDS Clients from all London NHS Trusts.

You can register for all upcoming courses and events via our Events page. For more information, email BRCtraining@gstt.nhs.uk or call 020 7188 7188 extension 53373.

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