Maria is the Partnerships and Training Manager within the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) and provides public involvement training, advice and support to researchers funded by the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre. She is also the PPIE co-lead of the Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Modelling and Health Economics.
Maria's previous roles include:
- Patient Involvement Facilitator at UCLPartners 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.
-Engagement Officer for Healthwatch (Hammersmith & Fulham). In this role she engaged with communities within the borough (especially with underrepresented groups) about their experience of health and social care services in order to inform change where possible.
Current voluntary roles:
-Maria established, and is the chair of both, a national support charity and an umbrella global alliance of patient organisations. In this role she engages with various stakeholders (on behalf of patients) including NHS England, health economists, pharmaceutical companies, NICE and the NHS.
Maria is a Fellow of the European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI), has an IHI Open School basic certificate on quality improvement. Maria also has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.
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