Maria is the Partnerships and Training Manager within the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) and provides public involvement training, advice and support to 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 has previously worked at UCLPartners as a Patient Involvement Facilitator 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. She also worked as an Engagement Officer for Healthwatch (Hammersmith & Fulham). In this role she engaged with communities within the borough (especially with ‘seldom heard’ groups) about their experience of health and social care services in order to inform change where possible. Maria established, and is the Chair of, a national support charity for patients with an ultra-rare disease. In this role she engages with patients as well as various stakeholders (on behalf of patients) including NHS England, health economists, pharmaceutical companies, NICE and the NHS.
Maria has completed an IHI Open School basic certificate on quality improvement. She is a Fellow of the European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI). Maria also has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.