New group spreads the word about research

12 June 2013

Laura Lord

Research Assistant Laura Lord leads the Patient and Public Involvement group for CLAHRC Theme 1.

A new forum has been launched to look at innovative ways to promote the benefits of healthcare research to patients.

The Public and Patient Involvement and Awareness of Research Group is chaired by Professor Philip Begg, Head of Academic Innovation, Research/Education.

Involving researchers, clinicians and communicators from across the Trust and the University, it is looking at innovative ways to raise the profile of research amongst patients, carers and staff.

The group is exploring new and innovative ways of flagging up research and potential access to clinical trials, from highlighting research at check-in kiosks to information trials on the staff intranet, the group aims to get the message to every patients and every member of staff.

There are also plans for ongoing displays in QEHB’s main atrium. Exhibit’s will follow the theme, “Ask me about research”, which complements the national campaign “Its ok to ask” run by the National Institute for Health Research.

Laura Lord is just one of the team lending their expertise to the group. Employed by the Trust, research assistant Laura is based at the University of Birmingham working with the Birmingham and Black Country CLAHRC project (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care).

“The new forum brings together people with different backgrounds, working together to share their knowledge and experience” explains Laura.

“Health research needs public input every step of the way: from patients helping shape projects in the early stages to taking part in trials or sharing experiences through interviews and questionnaires”.

“We want patients to know they can get involved and make a real impact and we want Trust staff to be able to direct them to relevant projects”.

Laura leads the Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Group for CLAHRC Theme 1.
CLAHRC is funded by the National Institute for Health Research it incorporates nine projects with, Theme 1, looking at Health Service Redesign.

The five year CLAHRC project focuses on three partner organisations: UHB NHS Foundation Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals Trust. As well as looking what improvements can be made when NHS Trust’s reorganise and develop departments, the research asks how changes affect patients’ experiences and clinical outcomes.