Engagement and involvement
Public understanding of respiratory infections is especially important since outbreak control requires prevention through early population-level interventions and behavioural changes. These are more amenable to everyday life with a working knowledge of the symptoms, infectiousness, transmission routes and preventative measures for common respiratory infections.
Enhancing public health protection against influenza, TB and emerging acute respiratory infections is a goal that scientists cannot achieve on their own. We need to reach out and work with the many groups of people who need information for preventing these diseases on a daily basis.
The NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections has established constructive working relationships with key patient and public-associated organisations and will work with this network to formulate and disseminate accurate public health messages.
In 2015, we developed an NIHR HPRU Respiratory PPIE Strategy 2015-17 to support an effective approach to patient and public involvement (PPI) and public engagement (PE) and to set out our objectives and action plans for 2015-17.
The strategy has now been revised for 2018-20: NIHR HPRU Respiratory PPIE Strategy 2018-20.
NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections Patient and Public Panel
- In January 2017, the HPRU in Respiratory Infections established its first Patient and Public Panel which comprises 7 members of the public directly or indirectly affected by, or interested in, our research areas and both with, and without, previous experience of PPI. The role of the panel is to support the delivery of effective patient and public involvement and engagement approaches and activities within the HPRU. The panel meets three times in a year to help identify, design and comment on research plans, protocol and materials; disseminate research results and support researchers to evaluate the impact of PPI in their work.
Want to get involved in our panel? Contact Aime Boakye, our HPRU PPIE Lead, on 020 7594 0884.
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Providing and disseminating information and knowledge about research to the public is a key factor of our NIHR HPRU unit. We are involved in various public engagement events annually showcasing our research projects and increasing professional, public and patient awareness of HPRU through media.
An important aspect of our HPRU is to ensure that patient and public voice can impact on our research strategies, projects and function as well as making our research themes accountable and relevant to the public. We have set up patient and public involvement within our governance and embedded patient and public involvement across all research themes of the HPRU.