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The art of patient and public involvement in health and social care research

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Effective and meaningful patient and public involvement is essential to the design and delivery of health and social care research. But what is it, why do we do it, how do we do it effectively and what does good and inclusive involvement look like? 

Brought to you by Agora Digital Centre, this in person course will provide you with answers and equip learners with the necessary basic knowledge and skills to do it effectively.

This interactive and practical course begins by introducing learners to what is meant by patient and public involvement and its value in research. It goes on to:

  • Explore patient and public involvement throughout the research lifecycle
  • Consider equality, diversity and inclusion in patient and public involvement
  • Explain the UK public involvement standards and apply them to research scenarios

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Dr Gary Hickey and Katie Porter
Course Description

Who is this course for?

People working in, studying, or involved with health and social care research who are new to patient and public involvement:

  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Members of the public

Learning objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define patient and public involvement in health and social care research
  • Recognise why patient and public involvement is important and the value it can add to health and social care research
  • Define the UK public involvement standards
  • Apply the UK public involvement standards to critique and develop patient and public involvement plans in research

Course Leaders
Dr Gary Hickey, Agora Digital Centre, University of Southampton
Katie Porter, Agora Digital Centre, University of Southampton

Course details

Date: Tuesday 6 August and Wednesday 7 August 2024
Time: 09:00 – 16:40 (6 August) and 08:30 – 12:45 (7 August)
Duration: 9.5 learning hours
Location: This in-person course takes place in room 2207, Building 85, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton. SO17 1BJ

At the end of the course, you'll receive a certificate stating the number of learning hours you have carried out.

Introductory fees:

  • £195 - Full time students or public contributors
  • £225 - University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton (UHS) staff
  • £295 - Public sector and higher education institutions
  • £395 - Private sector

Internal Staff & Students

Our preferred method of registration is by paying through the Online Store, which will guarantee your place on the course immediately. However, it is possible for internal staff and students to pay through the University of Southampton. To do so, please contact [email protected] for instructions. Please note, your space will not be reserved until your payment has been received.

Please note bookings will close on Monday 29 July 2024.

Should you have any questions or queries about this course, please email [email protected] 

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