Maria is the Partnerships and Training Manager within the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) providing public involvement training, advice and support primarily to the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre but also to a number of research teams across Imperial College including the Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Modelling Methodology.
Maria previously worked at UCLPartners as a Patient Involvement Facilitator in their Patient Safety Programme. In this role she supported acute Trusts taking part in two patient safety collaboratives (focused on Sepsis and Acute Kidney Injury) to involve patients in their quality improvement work. She also worked as an Engagement Officer for Healthwatch (Hammersmith & Fulham). In this role she engaged with communities within the borough (especially with ‘seldom heard’ groups) about their experience of health and social care services in order to inform change where possible. This role also included gathering evidence for projects including Maternity and Urgent Care (18 to 35yrs) using various engagement methods, undertaking ‘enter and view’ visits as part of the ‘Dignity Champion’ scheme and representing Healthwatch at meetings across the borough including CCG sub-committees. Maria established, and is the Chair of, a national support charity for patients with an ultra- rare disease. In this role she engages with patients as well as various stakeholders (on behalf of patients) including NHS England, health economists, pharmaceutical companies and the NHS.
Maria has completed an IHI Open School basic certificate on quality improvement. She is a Fellow of the European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI) having completed their course on the Medicines Research and Development Process in 2014/2015. Maria also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English and a Bachelor of Laws.