Linking academics and communities

I have been working on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in various organisations since 2011. Current projects that I am involved with include:

‘How To’ Guides

​I have compiled a series of ‘How To’ guides that help people navigate the sometimes complex journey from agreeing with a general principle of involvement to actually making it happen in practice. The full suite of more than twenty guides can be found here​​.

Practical resources

Support for a number of East Midlands organisations to enable them to move forward on the public involvement agenda by creating and collecting an archive of practical resources.

Service review

Reviews for academic departments that consider how far the public involvement agenda has influenced their teaching, research and governance. An example of a completed review can be seen here, and a flyer for university staff advertising the review service that I offer is here.

Research studies

Over the years, I have worked on a number of funded research projects (with a total value of £3.7m). The completed studies can be seen here, and current projects are:

  • Recovery Colleges – The Recollect study is an NIHR Programme Development Grant (£100,882) led by Professor Mike Slade (2016-2017) – I am PPI lead
  • Individual Placement and Support in forensic services –  NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (£251,903) led by Dr Najat Khalifa (2015-2017) – I am PPI lead
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (£1,252,000)- led by Professor Richard Morris

I am also involved in discussions about the following potential developments:

  • Global suicide prevention – led by Professor Ellen Townsend
  • IAPT Plus in prisons – led by Professor Birgit Vollm
  • Digital health technology – led by Dr Lucelia Rodgigues
  • Recollect-2 on Recovery Colleges – led by Dr Claire Henderson and Prof Mike Slade.
  • Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights led by Prof Peter Bartlett
  • New Care Models for mental health – led by Prof Eddie Kane.