UK Standards for Public Involvement: New handbook

Last year a four-nations partnership, including the NIHR, released the UK Standards for Public Involvement in research, which aim to help researchers and organisations improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in health and social care research. The standards were subject to a public consultation and piloting phase involving a network of over 400 registered individuals. In addition, 10 ‘test-bed’ projects, including the Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register held at Queen’s ...
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Making Improvement GREAT – Video Resources

Why was this video developed? The PPI Community of Practice developed two involvement Checklists, to aid healthcare staff, service users and family carers to work more effectively in positive partnerships. These were designed around the acronym GREAT and were launched in October 2018. They have been successfully shared and used widely across Northern Ireland.       The GREAT Video The GREAT work has been developed further into this online learning resource. The scen...
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Daisy Hill Hospital Pathfinder Project

The Daisy Hill Hospital (DHH) Pathfinder Project was initiated in June 2017 in response to increasing concerns about the future sustainability of DHH Emergency Department due to ongoing difficulties in recruiting senior medical staff, particularly in the out of hours period. The project brought together the collective skills, knowledge and expertise of clinical and non-clinical staff, managers, staffside representatives, representatives from the wider HSC system and local community members. The...
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Workshop

A workshop is an event at which participants work collaboratively to solve specific project related tasks. Workshops usually involve a large number of participants who can be split into smaller groups of six to 15 participants. A workshop usually led by someone with a lot of experience in the subject being discussed. Workshops are often used in conjunction with other involvement tools in the early stages of a project to help shape a programme of work. Level of Involvement: Type of Inv...
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Steering groups

Steering groups are made up of experts who oversee a project to ensure that protocol is followed and provide advice and troubleshoot where necessary. The members of the steering group can be professionals, service users and carers or other interested members of the public. Their role is to: Provide input based on their direct experience of the topic under investigation; Give strategic direction; Support the project manager. The steering group usually meets at key stages during the...
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Information documents

There are many ways to provide information to the public including paper leaflet or social media. This can be useful when you want to inform people, for example about a particular condition or a change in service. Level of Involvement: Type of Involvement:
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Questionnaires

Questionnaires are a cost effective way of gathering peoples’ views via several different avenues including, assisted, postal and online. They facilitate a quantitative approach to capture information from large numbers or representative samples. Consideration should be given to the design of the questionnaire including the wording of questions.  Check out the NHSC England guide - 'writing an effective questionnaire' - which may help you. Findings from the questionnaires should be shared w...
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Public meetings, roadshows and seminars

This is an event where an open invitation has been issued. There may be a set agenda or the discussion may focus on issues raised by those attending the meeting. Key decision makers should be present to inform the discussion. Level of Involvement: Type of Involvement:
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One to one interview

A common qualitative research tool, one-on-one interviews are exactly what they sound like – in-depth interviews conducted one-on-one between an individual respondent and a professional qualitative researcher. This approach aids understanding and can capture supplementary information. They are also flexible and allow for structured, semi structured and even unstructured approaches. When to use an interview approach: Sensitive topics; Potential for bias; Confidential information;...
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