Other ways to engage

NIHR SPHR has diverse audiences nationally, regionally and locally. Our engagement strategy focuses on how we engage with professionals working in local public health systems in any sector, with members of the public, and with the wider public health community.

There are several ways in which stakeholders can engage with NIHR SPHR:

The Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES) enables people who are delivering innovative public health projects to work in partnership with NIHR SPHR to evaluate these initiatives. Further details of the scheme are available here.

National Practitioner and Public Reference Panels review NIHR SPHR research proposals, advise on knowledge exchange and champion our work.

Professionals, academics and members of the public sit on the national Advisory Board and on local Advisory Groups – see details of our Sheffield Advisory Group.

Involvement in our research programmes and projects via advisory groups, consultations and co-production.

Patient Participant Involvement (PPI)

Roy Darlison one of our PPI representatives and Advisory Group member

Roy Darlison

“For me a role as public contributor to research programmes evolved out of personal diagnoses and treatments built upon earlier experience and professional interests.

 Public health researchers are not seeking people with expert knowledge or information. They are looking for opportunities to draw on what members of the public and patients may have learned from their understanding of their own personal experiences, illness or injury or their experience of supporting others.

Those willing to contribute to public involvement need not expect to bring scientific knowledge but be willing and able to draw on whatever insights and understanding they have acquired over time.

Like many people, those who have experienced ill-health themselves or at one removed from parents or other family members, I was prepared to share that information and experience with public health professionals, doctors and scientists who are exploring new possibilities and opportunities for interventions and policies.

Involvement may also mean offering a “layman’s” view of effective ways to gather information and convey research results in a manner that enables members of the public to access and make sense of them and to use them to their own advantage.”

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