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Centre for Public Engagement

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Centre for Public Engagement

Welcome to the Centre for Public Engagement – a beacon for best practice in patient and public engagement in health, social care and education.

About us

The Centre for Public Engagement offers a range of research, education, training and support for professionals, service users, patients and carers.

Putting patients and the public at the heart of services is a cornerstone of Government health and social care policy, and the centre strives to become a beacon of good practice for public engagement.

Working with you

We can help with:

  • Collaboration and advice on research projects
  • Advice on public engagement in the workplace
  • Education and training for staff or service users on aspects of public engagement in education, service improvement or research
  • Organisational strategic consultancy on public engagement
  • Service improvement initiatives

Please contact us at cpeenquiries@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

What we do

We work to influence and be responsive to the health and social care agenda of government, including policy and planning. We aim to ensure public engagement remains integral to all aspects of research, education, service and workforce development. We collaborate on local, national and international projects, with an excellent reputation for innovative practice in Public Engagement.

Our four main areas of focus are:

  • Research– we bid and undertake work to further investigate and promote the involvement of service users in health, social care, education and research.
  • Education – we teach, train and develop learning tools and processes to facilitate Public Engagement in the learning environment.
  • Service Improvement – we work with service providers at all levels of health and social care to ensure that public and lay representation is thoroughly and effectively embedded to improve the effectiveness and relevance of services and the representation of service users within these systems.
  • Workforce development – we evaluate, develop and augment the skills of the health and social care workforce, creating an evidence base for professional development around patient and public involvement.

 

Events

Centre for Public Engagement hosted its fourth successful conference – read about the conference.

Past Events


Public Engagement Network

Do you want to be involved in the education of our future health and social care practitioners? The education of our future health and social care workforce benefits from the involvement of members of the public (including patient, service users and carers) in the design and delivery of courses. Similarly, research projects also benefit from the involvement of members of the public. If you would like to get involved, please fill in the short form below.

Join our Public Engagement Network. The Public Engagement Network (PEN) is a group of people who want to be involved in various aspects of the design and delivery of education and/or research at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. The purpose of PEN is to give members of the public the opportunity to contribute constructively to the work of the Faculty. Should you have a complaint about a service, this should be directed to the NHS organisation concerned by clicking here.

By joining PEN you are agreeing that you could be contacted and asked to be involved in education or research projects. The details you provide will only be accessible to staff within the Faculty. There are no obligations and you can refuse to be involved in a project. Find out more about our data protection policy.

For more detailed information about the practicalities of getting involved, including information on payment and reimbursement, please read our Guide for Public Involvement here. If you would like further information before agreeing to join or are having difficulties with the form then please contact CPE by emailing CPEenquiries@sgul.kingston.ac.uk, or telephone 0208 725 4213.

Centre for Public Engagement research

 

Kingston University professors Mary Chambers, Peter Osborne, and Jane Pavitt.

Professors appointed to prestigious panels for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework

Three academics have been chosen to be part of subject panels for the next Government Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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Preparation for practice: The role of the HCPC’s standards of education and training in ensuring that newly qualified professionals are fit to practise

The HCPC is a regulator of 16 health and social care professions. Its role includes ensuring that education and training programmes meet standards of education and training (SETs) and that newly qualified professionals are fit to practise.

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Service user involvement leads to registration

The purpose of this study, led by Kingston and St George’s Director for the Centre for Public Engagement, Professor Mary Chambers, was to investigate the extent of service user involvement (SUI) in the design and delivery of pre-registration education and training programmes which they approve.

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BREATHE platform for informal care givers

‘Support for the Informal Caregiver in Long Term Care of elderly people; Platform for self-assessment and efficient management for informal caregivers (BREATHE)’, is an interdisciplinary research project

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Dr Annette Boaz

Rethinking the relationship between science and society: Has there been a shift in attitudes to Patient and Public Involvement and Public Engagement in Science in the United Kingdom? Annette Boaz queries this in her paper published in the Health Expectations journal.

Rethinking the relationship between science and society: Has there been a shift in attitudes to Patient and Public Involvement and Public Engagement in Science in the United Kingdom? Annette Boaz queries this in her paper published in the Health Expectations journal.

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Centre for Public Engagement

The Centre for Public Engagement

Putting the voice of patients and public at the heart of health and social care services is a cornerstone of Government policy. This means that patients, public, service users and carers must be involved in the commissioning of services, decisions about individual health and social care pathways, the education of health and social care professionals as well as research.

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Our team

Professor Mary cCambersProf Mary Chambers
Director
Mary has a well-established record of patient and public involvement in education and research dating back to the 1980’s. Outcomes of her work have had impact both nationally and internationally. Integral to this work has been the co-production and delivery of programmes, as well as PPI at all stages of the research process. PPI is one of her key research themes.

 

Duncan Barron
Patient and Public Involvement Lead
Duncan works to promote meaningful user involvement with research teams and encourages them to incorporate patient and public involvement at the earliest stages of their research. Duncan has an established background working with Research Design Services and their forerunners beginning in 2000 in Bedfordshire and also the Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) in Hertfordshire working as a research methodologist. Duncan has a broad experience of supporting a wide range of health and social care professionals and practitioners and academics with their research including providing expert advice and support on all aspects of developing and designing high quality grant applications particularly those aimed at securing National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding. Duncan also works part-time as PPI Lead for the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) in the SE and is based at the University of Brighton.

Sally Brearley
Patient and Public Involvement Fellow
Sally has been actively involved in patient representation for many years. She was a member of the NHS Constitutional Advisory Forum and the NHS Future Forum. Sally is one of four Lay Members on the National Quality Board and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum for England.

Xenya Kantaris
Research Associate
Xenya is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with 15 years experience of clinical practice and research. Xenya has pioneered patient and public involvement in outcome measures and therapeutic engagement measurement in mental health and is a mixed methods specialist.

Dan Vale
Patient and Public Involvement Lead
Dan has 25 years experience of leadership in patient and public involvement in research, education, policy and advocacy, working across the NGO, academic and philanthropic sectors in a number of countries. Dan has been a social worker, campaigner, policy-maker, carer, researcher and philanthropic outcomes director. He has a particular interest in coproduction methodologies, working with hard to reach groups, understanding multiple complex needs and modelling systems change from the user perspective.

Maryam Zonouzi
Patient and Public Involvement Lead
Maryam has a PhD in participatory action research and has over a decade’s experience in leading innovative participative and emancipatory research projects in the academic and the voluntary sector. Maryam has led a number of disability NGOs, been an award-winning social entrepreneur and is an expert on research into service users’ experiences of the personalisation agenda. She has advised a number of government departments on inclusive design and user involvement.

Claudine Shepherd
Centre Support Administrator
Claudine is the key point of contact for the Centre.
Email: CPEenquiries@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8725 4213

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People we work with

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Contact us

Centre for Public Engagement
Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education
Kingston University and St George’s, University of London
St George’s Campus
6th Floor Hunter Wing
Cranmer Terrace
London
SW17 0RE

CPEenquiries@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

0208 725 4213

Twitter: @CPE_FHSCE