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Equal partners in research

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This event is for patients, carers and members of the public who are interested in sharing their real-world knowledge and unique experiences with health researchers.

Participants will be helping to build the kind of public/professional collaboration that will lead to relevant research projects aimed at improving real health care settings.

The format will be friendly and informal and will provide time and space to explore how to develop positive and meaningful

Who should attend?

  • Patients and carers and members of the public – no ‘specialist’ knowledge needed.
  • Researchers who would value working collaboratively with patients and carers from an early stage to develop more relevant research questions and plans.

Learning points

  • Better insight and understanding about what different people can bring to improve research.
  • Confidence to take part in making shared decisions about research.
  • Access to further sources of information, training and support.
  • Inspiration to get involved in making equal partnerships in research.


  • Charlie Davison a social scientist who specialises in building relationships between the expert knowledge of patients, carers and members of the public and the technical know-how of medical professionals and researchers.
  • Sarah Rae a servicer user researcher with a background in mental health. She has been involved in several research studies and has experience of co-leading and co-producing a large project which was founded at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

How to register

To book your place, please contact:

Tracey Johns, Regional Public Involvement Lead, Research Design Service. tracey.johns@essex.ac.uk

Louise Forrest, Central Co-ordinator, Research Design Service lf16972@essex.ac.uk


July 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Assembly Rooms, Norwich
Theatre St
Norwich, NR2 1RQ United Kingdom
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