CFH2a KIT - Development of a Patient and Public Involvement in Research Network at the University of York (Involvement@York)

Project: Other projectOther internal award

Project Details


The University of York and its researchers understand that patient and public involvement (PPI) is essential as part of the process by which research is prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated. Well- constructed public involvement and engagement in research is increasingly seen as a hallmark of excellence in research by funders. We wish to strengthen our capabilities in this area by creating a central resource within UoY, which will work in partnership with our local NHS partners and ultimately other community partners, to create the Patient and Public Involvement in Research Network at York (PIRN@York). PIRN@York will support skill building and best practice as well as coordinate practical solutions for public involvement and engagement across all departments and research entities that do research in the area of health and social care. The network builds on established groups in the University, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust.

Key findings


PIRN@York rebranded, now referred to as Involvement@York;

First steering group meeting held in July 2018, discussions covered: the original CFH funding application to determine priorities; the identification of next steps vis-à-vis the recruitment of a network coordinator; the development of a draft scoping work plan for the coordinator to take forward once in post; steering group membership and wider governance issues; longer term project reporting requirements, including success metrics; longer term sustainability options; and short term onward communications planning;

Scoping work plan revised in light of July 2018 steering group meeting to reflect key priorities and success measures;

Coordinator JD/PS developed August/September 2018, grade reviewed and revised to meet project requirements with project budget extended to reflect anticipated recruitment and successful candidate on boarding timescales;

Role advertised October 2018; shortlisting and interviews undertaken November 2018 with support from lay PPI representative; successful appointment made and confirmed late November/early December 2018; G6 Network Manager starting January 2019 on a 0.8FTE 1 year fixed term contract to December 2019, based within Research Development Team and line managed by Research Development Manager for Applied Health and Social Care;

Commitment to work in close partnership with the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service agreed December 2018;

Communications plan for University of York colleagues in development December 2018 for dissemination early January 2019;

Induction programme for Involvement@York PPI in Research Network Manager in development December 2018 for implementation January 2019, including identification of upcoming training opportunities;

Future and more regular steering group meetings to be scheduled from January 2019;

Project budget to be regularly reviewed from January 2019 onwards.


Effective start/end date1/06/1830/09/19