We are working with Health Innovation Manchester to ensure that the voices of local people are at the heart of all we do. To reflect this ambition, we have established a substantial Public and Community Involvement and Engagement Panel (PCIE) which brings together 18 local people from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Panel members also bring a range of skills, knowledge and lived experience to our portfolio of applied research.
Panel members were recruited in a variety of ways, but this included reaching out to connect with under-represented communities and marginalised groups so that the panel could be representative of some of the diverse communities of Greater Manchester (GM).
Like the wider population, panel members are also NHS patients and care users, and often have experienced their own health problems. This lived experience is enabling us to better understand how to support people living with long term conditions.
How the Panel Contribute:
- Bring public perspectives and insights that enable us to realise our ambition to improve the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Greater Manchester through applied research
- Help inform our priorities by enabling us to better understand the issues that are important to local people including different communities and social groups
- Co-develop the NIHR ARC-GM PCIE strategy
- Ensure that our co-production approaches meet public member needs and public members are able to contribute to the development of our research projects
- Contribute to NIHR ARC-GM Governance and decision making
Relationships are key to meaningful involvement and engagement and panel members often have connections to other grass roots community groups, charities and other valuable networks.