Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

Here at CAMERA we have a research strand dedicated to developing a fuller understanding of PPI in operation, its evaluation and its impact.

We work closely with our PPI research partners who support and help us develop our work.

Patient and public involvement (PPI)

The PPI research theme at CAMERA strives to improve existing understanding, practice and the evaluation and impact of working with patients, service users, carers and members of the public.

We work closely with a network of PPI research partners, multi-disciplinary academic researchers, health professionals, patients, public groups and policy makers across a range of contexts who support and help to develop our work

We are committed to building a rigorous evidence base with practical and accessible outputs. See the range of our work.

Working together to improve our healthcare services: our service – our voice

A short animated film created by the CAMERA research team in collaboration with the Patients Association and Cumberland Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG). The film is aimed at encouraging patient to take an active role in their healthcare by identifying various ways in which they can be involved including providing individual patient feedback or joining their PPG. The film draws on research conducted by CAMERA exploring Patient and Public involvement (PPI) in medical revalidation. 

Download our working together guide - an essential guide for health and social care practitioners, researchers, educators and regulators looking to work with service users, patients, carers and members of the public.

PPI in regulation

The focus of this stream of work examines different ways in which patients, service users, carers and members of the public can be involved in medical regulation. This includes, but is not restricted to, lay involvement in a variety of governance roles and feedback by individuals on doctors and services.

Our commissioned work uses a variety of methods to explore public and patient attitudes to regulation, identify current and potential gateways and barriers to effective involvement and promote appropriate and practical means by which PPI can take place. 

PPI in the curriculum

Working together inevitably has an educational dimension for all parties, and our research strategy is to have a positive impact on involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate education. The PPI research theme at CAMERA is concerned with understanding and improving upon existing objectives, processes and outcomes of working with patients across the continuum of health professions education.

PPI partners

The PPI research theme at CAMERA strives to improve existing understanding, practice and the evaluation and impact of working with patients, service users, carers and members of the public.

We work closely with a network of PPI research partners, multi-disciplinary academic researchers, health professionals, patients, public groups and policy makers across a range of contexts who support and help to develop our work.

We are committed to building a rigorous evidence base with practical and accessible outputs.

Edward Goodman:

"I took early retirement from my work as a Road Safety Officer and am now able to concentrate on other things. One of my main occupations is as a Senior Instructor in the Casualties Union, which is an international organisation of volunteers who use make-up, acting and staging to portray injuries, illnesses and accidents. These are used by the medical and nursing professions, the emergency services and the Royal Navy for training purposes."

Kitty Heardman:

"I am a musician and artist who also teaches English for Academic Purposes and Psychology. I was a former Lecturer in Education at Plymouth University and was also a head teacher and educational quality improvement officer prior to this. I have been a Lay Representative for South West Peninsula Post Graduate Education for three years and am interested in research on leadership and management, together with the Medical Humanities."

Hugh Norman:

"I was an education and training consultant working for the last six years mainly on dementia workforce development at national, regional and local levels - member of national Dementia Workforce Advisory Group. Reducing professional working time (retirement strategy) and enjoying living back in Devon. I have an interest in the development of health and social care particularly in support and care for people with dementia and their carers."

Nigel May:

"I retired from Plymouth University in 2012, having been a senior manager in the University Library. In 2013 was a member of Quay Lane Surgery PPG (St Germans) and in 2014 was elected as Chair of the East Cornwall Locality PPG Umbrella group. I attend the East Cornwall Locality meeting as the patient representative and am currently on the Patients Council of Derriford Hospital."

John Moran:

"I trained as a psychiatric social worker and now I am employed as a social therapist in a private psychiatric hospital, I am part time and have been there for eight years. For the past 20 years I have a judicial appointment as a lay member of the Mental Health Tribunal. In both these positions I work closely with doctors. I am very interested in adult learning."

Lyndsey Withers:

"My background is in agricultural research and development, biotechnology and low temperature biology. I am currently involved in a range of voluntary activities in the areas of training and health improvement at Devonport Lifehouse, the Salvation Army homeless centre. A number of these activities are in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, including the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry."