We promote opportunities for members of the public to be involved in research and evidence-based service improvement. Examples of recent opportunities include:
- Calling people who have used the ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) Service in Bristol in the past three years or their carers. The Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) seeks input from two service users and one carer to join the board that oversees the IAPT Service, which is being redesigned.
- The Healthcare Science team at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, seeks patients & members of the public, including those who have had blood tests or other diagnostic tests to provide input to their degree programmes training clinical physiologists, laboratory scientists and biomedical scientists. Members of the public were sought for interviewing prospective students, sharing experiences in teaching sessions or helping shape the teaching programmes. Full training provided, payment for sessions and expenses reimbursed.
- ‘FORGETwest: Find Out about dementia Research, West of England’—a chance to meet with expert scientists, find out about dementia research in the West, and give feedback to make that research better. Organised by Dr Sarah Voss from the University of the West of England and Dr Sam Creavin from the University of Bristol. Leading scientists from the West of England and Wales will give focussed 10 minute talks about their research and then take questions. Members of the public may be asked for their opinion on the research, and will have the opportunity to sign up on the day to hear more about dementia research in the West. Free. Lunch provided