At the Health eResearch Centre (HeRC) we are committed to working with and involving you, the general public, in the work we deliver.
Our researchers and teams of scientific investigators are involved in loads of exciting projects from crunching complex databases of health information to writing new computer programmes to designing health apps for mobile devices.
In total, there are over 40 different research projects taking place at the Centre’s five ‘hubs’ (located at universities in Manchester, Bradford, Liverpool, Lancaster and York), but they all have one thing in common; all of our projects involve the use of technology to improve health services for the benefit of patients and the public.
It’s easy for us to get caught up in the research we’re doing. We’re passionate about it and we work really hard to try and improve services for lots of different groups of people: doctors, patients, the professionals that plan and make decisions about how health services are managed and importantly, people like you and your family.
It’s important to us to get it right, to deliver research that can really make a difference and to make sure that we listen to the opinions and viewpoints from a wide cross-section of the public.
We want to know that what we’re doing is relevant, that it responds to real issues and problems and that it is valued by our most important customers – you! So, what better way for us to do this than to just get out there and ask, simple right?
Well to make sure that we do this properly the Health eResearch Centre have set-up a team of professionals so that we use our time effectively and that your thoughts and opinions get to the right people, the people who fund and deliver our work. We call this type of work PPIE which stands for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement; the aim of the PPIE Team here at HeRC is to make sure that people have the opportunity to comment on our research.
As well as individual projects we are also really interested in what people think about the type of work we do in general, for example:
- Is the increasing use of technology in delivering healthcare services a good thing?
- How we can encourage more people to become engaged in their health?
- Where do you go to find answers to health questions?
- How do you feel about health data sharing?
- What is your understanding of data-linkage? What are the positives? Do you have any concerns around this?
You can find out more about the work we are doing by looking at the content in the Get Involved section of our website or by following our activity on Twitter (@HeRC_Farr #datasaveslives)