Patient and Public Involvement Theme Lead
Professor Edward Harcourt
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, appointed a MBE for services to Interdisciplinary Research. His research focuses on ethics, in particular moral psychology. He has published on topics including the philosophy of mental health and mental illness. Professor Harcourt is a director of the biennial Oxford Summer Schools in Philosophy and Psychiatry and as of October 2022, Professor of Philosophy in the University’s Department of Psychiatry, where he leads on Patient and Public Involvement at the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.
Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Participation Manager
Cora has previously worked as the Patient, Carer and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager at the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands, and as an Events and Marketing manager at NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Cora has over ten years’ experience working in patient and public involvement in research. She is passionate about embedding patient and public involvement in research and supporting researchers to include the voice of people who are not traditionally involved, and often under-served in research, through community work. Involving people with lived experience of mental health difficulties (e.g., patients, service users and their carers), to develop better research in a meaningful way that serves the needs and interests of patients and carers.
Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Participation Administrator
Emily is keen to support the OH BRC PPIEP team, to ensure that the voices of PPIEP contributors are heard within the mental health research field. She is particularly passionate about involving contributors very early in the research process, where their ideas and lived experience can have significant impact.
Patients and Research Group Co-Chair (Staff)
Dr Amy Gillespie
I have always been fascinated by how peoples’ minds work, and my own experiences with depression made me particularly interested in mental health. I originally wanted to be an NHS psychologist, but I love the day-to-day variety of research (thinking of experiments, analysing data, supervising students), and the idea of discovering something new.
Since 2017, I’ve been a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry. Typically, my research involves asking people with depression to try new treatments, then do cognitive tasks on computers, to help understand how these treatments work.
I joined PAR in 2018, after doing a presentation on my research for the group and immediately feeling the benefit of PPI. I was then lucky enough to become Staff Co-Chair in 2020!
Patients and Research Group Co-Chair
I came relatively late to Patient and Public Involvement, having worked on the industry side of health and care for most of my working life. Regarding my personal involvement in health and social care, I have been both a service user and a carer across the whole spectrum of services on offer. In my late teens I was treated and spent time in care for what was then called manic depressive illness. My ethnic roots meant that my mental health was rarely acknowledged, let alone discussed and this was due mainly to the culturally accepted belief that mental health issues hinder people from achieving expected aspirational life goals. I have been a peripheral member of the OH PAR for a number of years and it is its tireless work in integrating patients and the public into MH research that persuaded me to become more involved with the group. I volunteer locally, regionally, and nationally on two main themes, patient safety and mental health.
Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Participation (PPIEP) post doc
Alessandro is a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Edward Harcourt.
Having recently completed a Postdoc on palliative and end-of-life care at the University of Cambridge, Alessandro has joined the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry to work on a patient and public involvement, engagement, and participation (PPIEP) project in brain and mental health research. The aim is to identify appropriate methodologies for capturing the ‘knowledge gain’ from PPIEP in mental and brain health research: assuming PPIEP enables us to do better research than we would have been able to do otherwise, how do we evidence that? The work sits within the 11 OH BRC Themes in mental and brain health, spanning research from talking therapies, translational research, to fundamental brain science. With colleagues, in the first instance there will be a review of the evidence around different approaches to the value of PPIEP and the identification of appropriate methodologies for capturing the ‘knowledge gain’ from PPIEP. Workshops with academic colleagues across the 11 BRC themes and beyond will be organised, with patient and public contributors to inform the development of a major grant application. The grant proposal will aim to develop an effective methodology to assess PPIEP impact in brain and mental health research.
Patient and public contributors will be central to the work and will act as collaborators for the grant application and as PPIEP Leads. The protocol for the systematic review on approaches to PPIEP impact evaluations are currently being refined and potential collaborators for the grant initiative are being identified.
Q & A with Co-Chairs of PAR Group (pdf viewer)
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