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The SPCR trainees’ event is held in September every year to welcome new trainees to the School and to hear about research in progress, or completed, by our cohorts of current doctoral, post-doctoral and clinical award holders.

The two day training event is an opportunity for networking and meeting other trainees from across the School, but also to hear from professionals on topics relevant to the development of new skills. This year we heard about ways to communicate research and maximise research outputs, how to apply for funding, and involving public contributors in evidence synthesis.

We also initiated two prizes for trainees who submitted the best blog and the best innovation of PPI&E in research this year. Trainees and researchers alike have been encouraged to utilize the resources available to them via the NIHR and on our website to help them integrate PPIE in their research from the very beginning of proposal writing, through to the dissemination of results. PPIE has been adopted readily and in some cases forms the basis of the research itself. Trainees also benefit from solid departmental support in the form of a SPCR Patient and Public Involvement Lead and, in the case of Manchester (PRIMER) and Keele (Research User’s Group), a team of practitioners, contributors and researchers committed almost entirely to PPIE integration and research on PPIE methods.

As a result of the competition, three excellent examples of the innovation of PPI in research were entered. 

Winner: Charlotte Albury: The conversational rollercoaster: Involving patients and the public in the live science of conversation

Claire Planner: Managing the difficult situations in Public Involvement: A co-production event.

Annabelle Machin: Mood problems in patients with inflammatory conditions – the contribution of PPIE