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:

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.