The Liverpool group was set up in 2006 and currently has around 14 young people aged between 13-19yrs old. Members either have experience of taking part in health research, have experience of living with a condition or disability, or have a general interest in learning about medicine/research/science.
The group is funded by the NIHR Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF) and forms a major part of the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) activities highlighted in our PPIE Strategy for 2017-2022.
Our meetings are held every six weeks on a Saturday. Meetings take place in the brand new Institute in the Park based at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
For young people interested in joining the group:
If you are a young person interested in joining the group after speaking with the group facilitator you will be asked to complete an Application Form to explain why you would like to be a member of the group. You will then read and sign the Young Person’s Agreement Form so that you fully understand the role and what to expect from staff. You will then be invited to attend the next meeting planned and you will be buddied up with an older or long-term member of the group to help you understand how the group works.
For researchers wanting to collaborate with the group:
The first thing to do is contact the group facilitator to discuss your requirements and so that the facilitator can explain the process of accessing the group, what to expect, preparation prior to the meeting and so on. Each group may work slightly differently so this conversation is important. Once you have decided which group is best to access (this might depend on meeting dates and availability?) you will be then asked to sign a Researcher Agreement Form similar to the Young Person’s Agreement Form, which sets out very clearly what to expect from the group and what we expect in return. We strongly encourage researchers to attend the meetings face to face so that effective dialogue can be achieved but this can’t always be achievable so facilitators are happy to present your study to the group for review. Several weeks after the consolation has taken place the facilitator will contact you to gain some feedback as to what happened as a result of the young people’s input, for example, did anything change to the protocol or patient information sheet as a result of the groups comments and did this go through ethics without any problems? This is really important as it demonstrates the impact of young people’s role in the design and delivery of paediatric research.
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Dates of our next meetings are:
We have had lots of researchers come and visit our group so we can support their studies.
Some of our achievements this year:
For more information about our activities read our 2017-2018 Annual Report
Read the 2016-17 Annual Report.
To find out further information about the group contact Jenny Preston, Patient and Public Involvement & Engagement Manager, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust on 0151 252 5435. Or request an application form by emailing:
University of Liverpool, Institute in the Park, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Eaton Rd, Liverpool, L12 2AP.
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