Animation still - credit: Jake Rowlinson

Animation still - credit: Jake Rowlinson

This interactive and creative event celebrated the many valuable patient and public research partnerships with the University of Plymouth.

Our marketplace offered a Co-production In-Action Zone in a series of over 20 interactive research stalls. A Patient, Service User and Carer Community Café offered visitors the opportunity to engage with current and future research in a ‘recruitment fair’ for PPI - patient and public involvement - research where visitors can explore and sign-up to be involved in future ventures.

The event also included a panel discussion around the importance and future of co-production, involving speakers from the University, Plymouth City Council, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Primary Care and Patient Groups.

Importantly, as the first event to bring together stakeholders from these groups, it provided a unique opportunity for all those attending to make connections, and become involved on various levels with future research, teaching and outreach at the University and in local and regional communities.

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Co-production in action
  • Keynote address from Professor Eduardo Miranda, Professor in Computer Music, University of Plymouth
  • Explore over 20 research stalls in the 'marketplace' - showcasing successful University interdisciplinary research projects.
  • Also featured was the launch of the University of Plymouth Medical Humanities Research Centre and “CHART”: the Community, Health, Humanities and Arts Research Team.
  • Attendees visited the Peninsula Patient, Service User and Carer Community Café and discovered how patients and community partners can be involved in current and up and coming ventures. 
Enacting future partnerships
  • A panel discussion set the foundation for networking, meetings and advice and support from funding staff. 
What is the future of patient partnerships in research at Plymouth and beyond?
Featured a panel discussion with key stakeholders for patient engagement in the South West and nationally, including: 
  • Ann James, Chief Executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Ruth Harrell, Director of Public Health at Plymouth City Council
  • James Munro, CEO of Care Opinion UK, Sol Mead, National Lay Representation Lead for Medical Revalidation
  • Professor Jerry Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, University of Plymouth
  • Lyndsey Withers, Devonport Lifehouse
  • Sol Mead, National Lay Representative Lead for Medical Revalidation. 
  • A 'Question Time' style audience Q&A, chaired by Professor James Daybell.


Collaboration forms deeper understanding…
“Working in partnership with community leaders allowed us to tailor the event to the health needs of the local population in a way that would have been impossible had we simply parachuted in with pre-existing ideas.” (University of Plymouth researcher)
Rewarding relationship gives voice to homeless community…
“These activities have been enormously beneficial to our residents, giving them the opportunity to contribute as experts in their own right and to have their voice heard on matters of medical practice impacting on their lives.” (Homeless Community Group)
Growing relationships for meaningful research…
“Patient representatives play a meaningful role in the health service. This trend will continue and become more widespread with more representatives becoming involved.” (Member of the public - lay representative)

Our research stalls

  • Towards a pedagogy of patient and public involvement
  • The art and science of patient-centred practice 
  • A sociological study of patients’ use of digital media 
  • How does PPI in the teaching and assessment of vaginal examinations affect the knowledge, skills and attitudes of medical students and staff? 
  • Evaluating Project Equinox: a flagship veteran and student co-residence initiative
  • Immersive environments and serious play: New initiatives for patient-practitioner interaction 
  • A midwife-led biomass smoke exposure project involving co-development of education materials to teach pregnant women and mothers in Uganda
  • Patient and public involvement: So what? 
  • Working together for improvements in health and wellbeing in deprived inner city communities
  • The Peninsula Medical Humanities Research Centre and 'CHART': Meet the Community, Health and Arts Research Team
  • PTSD: The war inside my mind
  • What is revalidation in public? 
  • Nursing students as digital champions: working with citizens and learning about living with long-term conditions 
  • Establishing SAFE feasibility through patient and public involvement 
  • The impact of PPI in design, delivery and evaluation of patient feedback for revalidating psychiatrists
  • Global health research: working with patients in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak
  • Understanding and addressing LGBTQI Issues in medical revalidation 
  • eHealth Productivity and Innovation (EPIC) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Working together: raising awareness of opportunities for PPI in healthcare and professional development
  • Collaborative health promotion in a deprived and isolated Plymouth community 
  • Patient participation group research 
  • Community-led public engagement to explore wellbeing and environment in rural Devon villages
  • Digital applications for patient and public involvement 
  • Storytelling and dementia 
  • Lay representation in the regulation of healthcare and medical regulation
  • Co-production with hard to reach communities 
  • Using semiotics and graphic art to improve patient and service user involvement in healthcare
  • Finding a home, finding a voice: PPI in refugee communities 
  • Patient and public involvement in DClinPsy research
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