Involving our communities

Our Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement (PPIE) work is led by a small team that we call the PPIE Leadership & Support Group (PLSG).

This is made up of two members of ARC staff (Christine Smith & Claire Marsh), and two lay advisors (Joyce Fox & Ruby Bhatti OBE).

The PLSG supports:

  • researcher teams in each of the Y&H ARC themes plan, support and report on best practice PPIE in their projects

  • communications with the public around the work of the Y&H ARC

  • training, development & mentoring opportunities for researchers and the public in the Y&H ARC.

The PLSG in the governance jigsaw, and its links with the wider PPIE world is shown in this diagram:

Further Information

Our lay contributor, Ruby Bhatti, spent time with this team and her experiences became part of the Talking Heads.
Covid and me is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) public engagement initiative using theatre to raise public awareness of the importance that clinical trials will play during this pandemic. It is aimed to reach all people and specifically to resonate with parts of the community that don’t typically take part in research and are disproportionality affected with poorer outcomes if they contract COVID-19 – notably BAME, elderly, 50+ with co-morbidities & those from economically deprived areas.
This is a 'call to action' to all people and to aid the reach to those in our most underserved communities that the NHS needs them to ‘Be Part of Research’. Together we will gain understanding of the health inequalities of COVID-19 outcomes to improve health and well- being for all. Learn more about this and watch the videos here.
Alongside other involvement leads in the region, ARC Y&H have contributed to this guidance document - a collation of information and top tips on conducting involvement activities during Covid-19.(click icon below)
Covid PPI resources (final July 10th).pdf

Meet the PLSG

  • Joyce Fox (lay)

With personal experience as a carer, and with long-term health conditions, Joyce cares deeply about patient involvement at all levels: in their own care, in service design and improvement, and in research. She has held a range of operational and strategic involvement roles with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and other organisations locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Rubi Bhatti OBE (lay)

Lay Chair for the Wolfson Centre steering board; a reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR); Patient Research Ambassador/Champion; Deputy Chair for the Bradford City CCG; Chair for the Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Lay member for governance. Bradford District Care Trust - Associate Hospital Manager for the Mental Health Department, and also a committee member on the Mental Health Legislative Committee.
  • Claire Marsh (staff)

A patient experience researcher and champion of participatory engagement & improvement methods such as action research, coaching, reflective practice and facilitation.
  • Christine Smith (staff)

Christine is a public involvement and research impact researcher, with experience of facilitation, evaluation and programme management.

We will use these pages to share learning and case studies of quality and innovative PPIE as these develop.