We believe that research and innovation can only solve problems in healthcare when solutions are deeply rooted in people’s needs and values. So we make sure that people are at the core of everything we do – working with, not for, citizens. This requires meaningful involvement with those who we ultimately aim to benefit from our work – the public, patients, health professionals and carers alike, so that we can better understand the issues that affect them, and find the best ways to address them. And by openly engaging with a diverse range of people, we can ensure that no voice is left unheard.
Find out how we’re putting people at the heart of our work through involvement, engagement and co-production.
Explore our involve projects
Understanding how climate change affects mental health
The climate crisis is worsening mental health and will increase mental health needs while potentially disrupting health system capacity. We’ve launched a programme of work, Climate Cares, that’s seeking to better understand and address this pressing challenge through generating evidence, developing interventions and guiding policy.
This includes our Changing Worlds programme, carried out in partnership with young people, which is using a dual approach of a survey and guided journal to both understand and respond to the psychological needs of young people as they navigate crises, including COVID-19 and climate change.
Supporting mental health for young minority ethnic men
We’ve teamed up with The Mind Map, Golden Gloves UK boxing gym and young men of colour from Toxteth, a deprived area in Liverpool, for our new initiative called Fightin’ Thru.
The collaboration aims to use boxing and popular culture to raise awareness of mental health and appropriate support for young men, particularly those who identify as black and minority ethnic. The team is co-producing events on Instagram about mindfulness, exercise, diet, sleep and finances.
Working with community members to set data analysis priorities
In partnership with Imperial College Health Partners and Imperial researchers, we’ve been funded as one of five Network Data Labs across the UK. The aim of the labs is to use the Discover dataset – one of the largest linked and de-identified datasets in Europe – to answer key research priorities for health and care since COVID-19, raised by local communities, and to translate the findings into policy and practice.
To date we have worked with diverse people from North West London, with a focus on seldom heard groups, to establish their priorities for people who have been shielding.
Raising awareness of hearing loss in underserved communities
We’re working to raise awareness of hearing loss and engage people with hearing health through our innovative project, Hearing Birdsong.
Co-produced with Imperial researchers, designers from Kennedy Woods, audiologists and people with hearing loss, Hearing Birdsong is an immersive installation that blends art, science and technology to encourage early identification and increase access to care. The pop up features bird boxes playing familiar bird calls, which match the frequency bands of a traditional hearing test. Visitors unable to hear one of the birds could be experiencing hearing loss and are offered a hearing screen.
The project also won a World Health Organization, World Hearing Forum and Coalition for Global Hearing Health grant to convert the concept into a virtual experience, which you can watch here.
Hearing Birdsong is an installation of birdsong and handmade bird boxes, which has proven to raise awareness of hearing loss and encourage people to seek help when needed.
Watch this video from members of the team talking about the project and why it's important to involve people with lived experience.