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PPI and EDI Bulletin - February 2023

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Published: 09/01/2023 Read Time: 7.5 minutes Print this document

Dear All...

A huge thank you to all who submitted suggestions to give our bulletin a new name. From the anonymised entries Gordon chose “Encompass” suggested by our very own Helen Wavish! Helen had suggested this as it is a synonym for both inclusion and involvement and incorporates “compass” reflecting the signposting nature of the bulletin.

In this month’s issue, I would like to draw your attention to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) training we are offering to all staff and public contributors on the 28th March. The training is being provided by the Diversity Trust. Please see the full details under RDS SW Updates.

Also on the topic of EDI we include the latest excellent guidance published by NHS England on how to engage with underrepresented groups. We also share some short but very good video clips from RDS EM on EDI and cultural competency.


RDS SW Updates

Equality, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training

As part of our commitment to inclusivity, we have launched the first of our EDI training sessions to gain a better understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This is vital information that we will use to improve research applications, support clients, create and develop policies and strategies that will bring benefit to people within health and social care. If you would like to submit items or news for us to include in future bulletins, please send
to Louise Ward  or Jo Welsman.

The first training session will be held on Tuesday 28th March from 9:30am – 11:00am and we hope that staff and public contributors can all make it. The training is being provided by The Diversity Trust, specialists in equality, diversity, equity and inclusion. The training will be facilitated by Dr Lateesha Osbourne online via Zoom. It is an introductory course which explores the key themes of Equality, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It includes analysis of these key themes and what they mean in practice.

It will include an overview of equalities legislation, explore some of the barriers faced by equalities communities and groups and provide an opportunity to embed the course learning into practice. It will be particularly useful for those who have no previous equalities training experience or are requiring a refresher. If you would like to attend, please let us know via this Doodle Poll and we will send you the Zoom link nearer the time. Alternatively you can email: 

National Updates

NIHR blog: Why reaching out to communities is key to putting people first in research

Jeremy Taylor, NIHR’s Director for Public Voice writes about the progress made in improving how we work with patients and the public, but that we need to work harder to reach out to communities if we want to make research truly inclusive. You can read the blog here.

Recent Publications and Media

Opportunities to get involved

  • Opportunity to become involved in a new research organisation
    A new Clinical Research Facility (CRF) has been set up in Bristol. Funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), the new Bristol CRF is one of 28 across England. They play a vital role in helping to convert experimental and scientific breakthroughs into improved healthcare. Bristol CRF will focus on a variety of research areas including:

    - vaccine development and testing
    - cancer and new immunity-based treatments

    Central to the success of their work will be the effective involvement of patients, carers and the public. They are setting up a public involvement advisory group (PAG) to guide their work. You would be asked to attend meetings in person or online and/or to read and feedback on documents. They would particularly welcome interest from people on low incomes or people from minority ethnic backgrounds. If you would like to find out more please contact Andy Gibson e-mail

  • Tailored Management of Sleep (TIMES)
    TIMES study team, University of Exeter are developing and testing a tool (TIMES) to help primary-care clinicians working with patients/carers to implement tailored decisions on sleep management for people living with dementia or mild cognitive impairment. They are particularly interested in recruiting participants from South Asian, Asian, Black African, Black Caribbean backgrounds who are living with dementia or mild cognitive impairment. More info

  • Digital interventions for depression and anxiety
    University of Liverpool, Department of Primary Care & Mental Health are looking for people who have received digital interventions for depression and/or anxiety. People will be asked to review a short document of less than 25 pages and take part in one online workshop of up to 1,5 hours. They will reimbursed (£50) for their time. More info

Webinars and events attended

NIHR INCLUDE Socioeconomic Disadvantage Framework

Jo and Louise attended the webinar that launched the NIHR INCLUDE Socioeconomic Disadvantage Framework on 24th January. The recording, slides and the framework itself are available here.

Public involvement in Research

Louise attended a small event from Bournemouth University PIER Partnership “Public Involvement in Research” on 24th January and made some useful internal connections. The session was a whistlestop tour of the main co-produced MSc CPD unit that Mel and the PIER team run regularly, more details here of the full course if this is something that interests you.

Webinars and events attended

Cultural Competence Training, Centre for Ethnic Health Research

Jo and Louise attended Cultural Competence Training run by the Centre for Ethnic Health Research at University of Leicester. It was a thorough course run over three mornings in February. It looked at why cultural competence is important and its relation to Equality Diversity and Inclusion. The course covered four key components shown here. Jo and Louise hope to provide an overview with an interactive session at the RDS Away Day in April.

Co-production in implementation

A popular workshop exploring co-production in implementation is now available to watch online. The event is part of a series of implementation workshops organised across the National Institute for Health and Care Research Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs), held in autumn and winter 2022-23.

Upcoming events and webinars

If you would like to submit items or news for us to include in future bulletins, please send to Louise Ward or Jo Welsman