ARVAC Annual lecture

Patient and Public involvement – the role of the community in health and social care research

17 July 2018, 14:00—16:00

Burroughs Room, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

ARVAC is worldwide the oldest national association in the field of community research, its mission to bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers. We are delighted to jointly host this event with the University of East Anglia, CLAHRC East of England, CLAHRC South London, Shaping our Lives and The Wellcome Trust. As in previous years, the ARVAC Annual Lecture offers the chance to hear and discuss key issues with eminent speakers from the academic and voluntary and community sectors. This year’s focus is on Patient and Public Involvement and the role the Community will play in health and social care research.

We expect to see in the next decade a substantial increase in Patient and Public Involvement in research and efforts to undertake it more sustainable and impactful. While important components such as the recently published National Standards for Public Involvement have been put into place, the way they are understood and implemented will now need to be revisited and tested.

The argument for research to be carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them, may have been accepted, however, whether and how the practice will live up to the standards that have been set will need to be seen and how they are best implemented will need to be discussed.

The event is free so we cannot provide free refreshments, however, the Wellcome Café offers light refreshments.

Attendance is FREE but please register your place at our Eventbrite page in advance.

Colin Rochester will chair the event. This year’s speakers are:

Peter Beresford OBE, Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex.

Jurgen Grotz, Senior Research Associate for the Patient and Public Involvement Research theme of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East of England with the Inclusion Research Theme in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Savitri Hensman, the Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator at the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London and based in the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) team at King’s College London.

ARVAC Annual Conference and 2017 AGM

Thank you to everyone who came to our annual conference and AGM which we held on the 6thFebruary 2018 in London.

It was a fantastic afternoon and the event included two excellent presentations, from Nick Mahoney of the Raymond Williams Foundation and Paul Black of Nottingham Civic Exchange.

Nick Mahoney – ‘Participatory democracy in the age of angry publics’

‘Putting democracy and engagement in university research’ – Paula Black