ScHARR staff at the INVOLVE conference

PPI PosterA number of ScHARR staff attended the INVOLVE conference on 26th and 27th November 2014, presenting both oral sessions and posters with patient and public involvement (PPI) representatives.

Louise Brereton & Jacqui Gath presented a poster about the Sheffield experience of PPI on the INTEGRATE-HTA project. Louise also presented a session on the International experiences of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in the INTEGRATE-HTA project. These presentations and more information on the project, including the progress of our work can be found on the project website: In addition, we inform interested stakeholders via newsletters (twice a year). All editions of the newsletters are also available on our project website ( If you are interested in receiving our newsletter by e-mail, or if you wish to receive more information please contact us at or visit our website.

Andy Irving co-presented a poster about the work of the PPI reference group with PPI reps Andrea Broadway-Parkinson and Maggie Marsh as part of the PhOEBE (Pre-hospital Outcomes for Evidence Based Evaluation) study. The poster highlights the issues of involving PPI, particularly some of the challenges faced e.g. in adapting the Delphi survey method for a lay audience and in co-designing a more accessible PPI consensus event. The poster was well received, with judges commending the eye catching colours and the inclusion of a web based poster audio description, available by clicking here. If you wish to receive further information please contact us at

Jane Hughes is working on collaboration with PPI stakeholders on two projects in Scharr – the PreFer project and the NIHR Vascular Grant. At the conference she was able to meet with two service-users who will be working with the team on the PreFer study. The conference was an opportunity to network with other researchers and share best practice on how to recruit service-users and develop meaningful collaboration.

Rosemary Barber enjoyed the chance to catch up with current research on public involvement at the conference, particularly relating to the impact. Earlier this year, INVOLVE hosted an invoNET roundtable discussion on taking stock of the evidence base for the impact of public involvement in research. Both Rosemary and Jonathan Boote contributed: INVOLVE is currently conducting a consultation on values principles and standards for public involvement in research. This initiative drew on research carried by Rosemary and Jonathan. People are invited to comment by 5th January 2015:

See for further details about the INVOLVE conference.


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