Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

PPIE Manager



+44 (0)7561 873 711a.lawrence-jones




Paterson WingSt Mary's Campus





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 led on revamping and implementing the PPIE strategy for the PSTRC. She facilitates the Research Partners Group (RPG) - a diverse group of patient/carer members that review public involvement plans of research projects and act as a link to other networks. She set up the PPIE Advisory Board, which is co-chaired by a public partner, who also sits on the PSTRC Executive Board. 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 health/social care professionals and public members come up with and prioritise research questions in this space.

One of Anna’s key roles is to ensure staff across the centres are trained in PPIE and have appropriate support, resources and processes to involve people meaningfully in their work. Anna is looking to improve how the impact of PPIE is captured in research projects and at an individual and organisational level.

Anna leads the PPIE in several research projects including the collaborative Networked Data Lab, led by Imperial College Health Partners, which using the Discover dataset in North West London, to better understand topics such as young people's mental health and social care. Anna is ensuring we hear from local communities about their priorities for research and involving them in reviewing the research findings.

Anna sits in the Design Strategy Team (DST), who also work in a cross-cutting way with researchers, clinicians 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 ( and hearing loss ( Anna also worked with other Imperial centres to run the People's Research Cafe (bringing conversations about research to the local community) and the True Cut play (about medical errors in surgery).

Anna previously worked as a Research Funding Manager at Cancer Research UK in 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.



O'Driscoll F, Sung B, Gregory A, et al., 2024, Identifying barriers to outpatient appointment attendance in patient groups at risk of inequity. A mixed methods study in a London NHS Trust., Bmc Health Services Research, ISSN:1472-6963

Fusari G, Gibbs E, Hoskin L, et al., 2022, What is the feasibility and patient acceptability of a digital system for arm and hand rehabilitation after stroke? A mixed methods, single-arm feasibility study of the ‘OnTrack’ intervention for hospital and home use, Bmj Open, Vol:12, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-12

Rodrigues D, Kreif N, Lawrence-Jones A, et al., 2022, Reflection on modern methods: constructing directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) with domain experts for health services research, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol:51, ISSN:0300-5771

Garfield S, Begum A, Toh KL, et al., 2022, Do patients and family carers have different concerns about the use of medicines compared with healthcare professionals? A quantitative secondary analysis of healthcare concerns relating to adults with complex needs, Patient Education and Counseling, Vol:105, ISSN:0738-3991, Pages:447-451

Dewa L, Lawrence-Jones A, Kalorkoti C, et al., 2021, Reflections, impact and recommendations of a co-produced qualitative study with young people who have experience of mental health difficulties, Health Expectations, Vol:24, ISSN:1369-6513, Pages:134-146

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