Putting the principles into practice

This section of the website introduces a practical framework for putting the principles into practice. The framework considers public involvement in teaching and learning and public involvement in research and development.

A framework for patient supported quality improvement in education and and research in health and social care.

Collaboration between professionals and the public is the golden thread that binds quality improvement together
Rachel Hawley – Project Manager

Patient and public involvement in research and development

(adapted from INVOLVE  Briefing note eight: Ways that people can be involved in the research cycle).

The descriptors for research and development are as follows

Identifying and Prioritising Research Needs: Allows you to check that your research priorities are aligned with the needs of those who have the condition you are researching or who use relevant. An active partnership enables you to learn from each other, agree on the research questions together, and the final topic will be a shared decision between the group

Research Development (Commissioning): Many funding organisations now involve members of the public in commissioning work to give a broader perspective. Members of the public can also be involved in other ways such as reviewing research proposals, sitting on research commissioning boards, research bid development and monitoring funded research

Designing and Managing (Diversity): Involving members of the public in the design of research helps to ensure that the research is relevant to the needs of people and also that the research question and outcomes are clear. Will also potentially identify areas where there are ethical considerations.

Partners in Research (Undertaking): Members of the public can get involved in a variety of ways including gathering and reviewing documentary evidence, interviews and focus groups, interpreting results, carrying out literature reviews etc.

Disseminating Findings (Raise Awareness): Members of the public can ensure that the findings are widely disseminated so they can influence and change practice for the better – this can include presenting at conferences, contributions to newsletters, groups / networks etc.

Implement: Public involvement in research is often led by issues which concern people, the issues that they are passionate about, and therefore they want to effect a change in a service or practice. Establish relationships with key agencies and policy makers is the key.

Impact and Evaluation: Need to look at how to monitor and evaluate public involvement throughout your project. – what worked well?  How did the public involvement impact on your research? This assists with future projects and provides knowledge for other researchers.

Patient and public involvement in teaching and learning

(adapted from Principles for Practice : Involving service users and carers in healthcare education and training, 2005. Trent Multiprofessional Deanery).

The descriptors for teaching and learning are as follows

Curriculum design, delivery and management: It is expected that public engagement is embedded in the curriculum. This includes its design and development, curriculum delivery and enhancement and management.

Strategic planning and development: It is expected that providers of health and social care education establish a strategy for public engagement, which is underpinned by principles of co-production and reflected to engagement in strategic planning and development activities.

Recruitment and selection of students: It is expected that the public will be involved in all activities to recruit and select students.

Student assessment and feedback: It is expected that the public will contribute to the assessment of student learning; both formative and summative.

Recruitment of staff: It is expected that there will be clear public engagement in the recruitment and selection of staff.

Building capacity, capability and confidence for staff and public: It is expected that all staff (academic and administrative) have an awareness of the requirement involve service users and carers in CPD activities – staff and the public – learning together. 

Quality Improvement

  • Embracing diversity 
  • Raising awareness
  • Building networks
  • Sharing knowledge
  • Continuous learning
  • Reward and recognition
  • Celebrating success