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Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London: Patient and Public Involvement

Visual representation of an Active Involvement in Research Day, organised by the CLAHRC South London PPI team. Resource by Engage Visually.

A collaboration funded by the National Institute for Health Research

The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London is a research organisation. It comprises researchers, health professionals and NHS managers working at universities and NHS organisations south of the river Thames. Together they successfully bid for a £9 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) that will help fund research activities for five years, starting from 1 January 2014.

Research about Patient Public Involvement within the CLAHRC South London

A dedicated team aims to evaluate the effect of patient and public involvement on the work of the CLAHRC South London over its lifetime. All the CLAHRC PPI researchers have personal experience of using health services.

The team is led by Professor Diana Rose, a professor in user-led research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

'Part of our work will be to explore what 'PPI' means, what the point of it is and whether it is effective,' she says. 'We will also try to clarify the difference between some of the terms that are used – patient and public involvement and patient experience, for example.'

Patient and public involvement as practice of knowledge transfer - a comparative ethnographic study by Konstantina (Stan) Papoulias

The PPI Strategic Oversight Group

The PPI SOG comprises representatives nominated by each health theme and representatives from the Health Innovation Network, south-east London's two NIHR Biomedical Research Centres, the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London and voluntary sector organisations. The group meets quarterly and its job is to identify and advise on PPI activity within the research themes. The Group reports to the Executive and highlights any successes and achievements as well as any problems.


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