Welcome to the first bulletin of 2023. We have decided to fully merge PPI and EDI within our bulletin given the importance of both to NIHR and the research it supports. Within the RDS SW we are keen to drive forwards our efforts around EDI – providing training, signposting to resources and information with the aim of increasing diversity within health and social care research. We set up an EDI group several months ago and are currently in the process of creating Terms of Reference, increasing and diversifying our membership, and identifying our priorities over the remaining months of the RDS contract. We already have some public representation on this group but will be looking to increase this soon.
Please see below for links to the webinar and FAQs from the RDS national webinar on the role of the PPI lead and public coapplicants I promised in our last bulletin. Please also take a look at the Health Research Authority Hallmarks for People-Centred Clinical Trials. We also share an NIHR blog which addresses race equity in health research.
We thought it might be helpful to share with you any recent publications around PPI and EDI. Please scroll down to find links to two papers. One is an evaluation of the Include framework and the other describes the development of a toolkit for increasing the participation of BAME groups in health and social care research. Both are free to access and download.