Anna is the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead at the Institute of Global Health Innovation. Anna works across the IGHI (including the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC), the Helix Centre for Design and the Centre for Health Policy) to support the meaningful involvement of patients, carers and public in research.
Anna sits in the Design Strategy Team (DST), who also work in a cross-cutting way with researchers, clincians and patients across the IGHI. Anna and the DST are looking to engage and involve the public in innovative ways around complex topics including data sharing (www.datacanofworms) and hearing loss (www.hearingbirdsong.com).
Anna led on revamping and implementing the PPIE strategy for the PSTRC. She facilitates the Research Partners Group (RPG) - a diverse group of patient/carer/public members that review PPI plans of research projects and act as a link to other networks. She set up the PPIE Advisory Board, made up of members of the RPG, PPIE experts, researchers and clinicians. The PPIE Board reports directly to the PSTRC Executive Board and oversees the delivery of the PPIE strategy. Anna was the coordinator of the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on safe care for adults with complex health needs. A process by which patients, carers, members of the public and health/social care professionals come up with and priorities research questions in this space.
One of Anna’s key roles will be to ensure staff across the centres are trained in PPIE and have appropriate support, resources and processes to involve patients and the public meaningfully in their work. Anna works collaboratively with other Imperial Centres to run People's Research Cafes to gain insights from teh public in a relaxed cafe like environment. They also work collaboratively to improve how impact of PPIE is captured to support continuous learning. Anna will attend the Imperial & Partners PPI Research Forum and the CLAHRC's Exchange Network, to share learnings.
Anna previously worked as a Research Funding Manager at Cancer Research UK, leading on PPI for the Population Research Team. She was on the Funding and Policy stream of the Wellcome Trust's Graduate Development Programme and has worked in various roles including a Research and Policy Officer at the UK Collaborative of Development Sciences. Anna has a degree in Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology and Psychology) from the University of Durham.