Public Voices Shaping Health Research: “the how, the what and the who” – REGISTER NOW!

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Public Voices Shaping Health Research: “the how, the what and the who”

Wednesday 7 June, 9.30am to 4pm

The Maltings, Ely 


What are we doing to engage and involve our local communities in health research?

What can learn form each other to increase involvement and participation of diverse groups?

Come explore how research organisations and charities are involving communities in the East of England region. Watch the acclaimed film ‘People Are Messy’ in the morning and join in on the discussion about the importance of the public and patient voice in shaping health research.

Enjoy opportunities to visit our pop up village with stands from charities, patient and public involvement (PPI) groups, community groups and many more

We aim to increase awareness of involvement opportunities and to provide a launch pad for discussions focused on increasing inclusion and diversity with members of the public and colleagues.

Talks (with Q&A) from the following speakers:
  • Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public in Research and Chair, INVOLVE “The importance of patients, carers and the public to the future of health research”
  • Chris MacDonald, Research Involvement Manager at Arthritis Research UK & Ellen Wheeler, Patient Involvement Manager at Cancer Research UK Joint approaches, challenges and solutions in PPI (Title TBC)
  • Valerie Dunn, Research Associate & Kelly Davis-Steel, HPFT* Youth Council Member and participant-researcher “Creative, collaborative research with young people” 

*Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

For more information and to register:

COME JOIN OUR POP-UP VILLAGE – Organisations can book a stand on the link above or enquire by contacting Lorna Jacobs at


This event is being run by the NIHR East of England Public Involvement Collaborative, with support from the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre. Our collaborative comprises of NIHR and key partner organisations who fund and/or support health research from design to implementation in the Eastern region. We work with public and patient groups to improve research carried out in NHS and other care sectors. We want to encourage people to be involved and take part in health and social care research.


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