PPI opportunities

This page has the latest PPI training and opportunities for involvement for researchers, patients and the public living in and around Cambridge.

All information on this page is updated weekly and is current as at 20 January 2022.

For researchers


NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative Seedcorn Competition. Deadline: 13.00, 24 January 2022.

Applications are invited for funding for up to £10,000 to support the early development of novel technology-based solutions applicable to the brain injury pathway from prevention through to long term rehabilitation that include Patient and Public Involvement.

Further information at www.brainmic.nihr.ac.uk/competition

In 2021, five projects were awarded from the Seedcorn competition:

  • Novel remote follow-up technology in neurotrauma (PROMPT), Mr Brandon Smith, University of Cambridge
  • Revolutionary Assessment for concussion in sports: Investigation of the Precision finger grip to support PItchside Diagnosis of mild Concussion: RAPID-C, Dr Genevieve Williams, University of Exeter
  • Meeting the neurorehabilitation need for kinematic measures of everyday movement using novel motion tracking (Biokido): validity and test-retest reliability, Professor Valerie Pomeroy, University of East Anglia
  • Implementation of machine learning to facilitate Brain Lesion Analysis and Segmentation Tool using Computed Tomography in traumatic brain injury (Implement BLAST-CT), Dr Virginia Newcombe, University of Cambridge
  • Feasibility study of an in-situ brain-chemistry monitoring optical probe, Dr Farah Alimagham, University of Cambridge

For members of the public


CBC on Virtual Tour: Educating Doctors in the Digital Age. 25 January 2022, 12:30-13:30.

The pandemic has seen a rapid evolution in the way we engage with each other. Video calls, online talks and screen sharing have become the norm, with face-to-face meetings becoming an exception. In medical education, the increasing focus on new ways of training, has already led to a change in the way that future generations of doctors are taught. From developing our doctors as future clinical leaders to using holographic patients to enhance training, the clinicians of the future will learn in new and exciting ways. Dr Arun Gupta will explain how he and his colleagues are addressing the challenges in developing the skills of our future medical workforce.

Arun was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Neuro Critical Care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, University of Cambridge in 1996. He was Director of the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit for over 3 years before becoming Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Addenbrooke’s Simulation Centre. His particular field of research interest is in the effects of injury on brain tissue oxygenation and metabolism. In addition he is establishing a patient safety research programme within the Addenbrooke’s Simulation Centre. As Director of Postgraduate Medical Education, he is responsible for the provision of education and training to over 500 doctors in training in the Trust, and support for the professional development of over 400 consultant colleagues.

This event is part of the ‘CBC on Virtual Tour’ series – the chance to learn more about the Cambridge Biomedical Campus where over 20,000 people at the forefront of the changing face of healthcare are working.

This event will be recorded and a link will be sent to all participants afterwards. It will also be posted on the CUHP website and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus YouTube channel.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cbcovt-educating-doctors-in-the-digital-age-tickets-242710201747

Webinar – Ask me anything about… Keeping fit with pancreatic cancer. 4 February 2022, 11:00-12:00.

Learn more about what you can do before, during and after treatment for pancreatic cancer to improve your ability to withstand forthcoming treatment and improve outcomes.

Our panel of experts are:

  • Nicola Day: Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in oncology rehabilitation and exercise
  • Édáin Martin: Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist; Surgical Physiotherapy team lead
  • Laura McGeeney: Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Dietitian
  • Claire Traub: Specialist Occupational Therapist; Enhanced Supportive Care Service / Breathlessness Intervention Service

You will be given the opportunity to submit questions to our panel when you register for this event, plus you can ask questions live during the webinar.

Register and submit questions here: http://www.cambridge-pcc.org/upcoming

Involvement opportunities

Help us provide the best care for current and future stroke patients! Deadline for registration: 21 January 2022.

Share your opinions at our listening session on Wednesday 9 February at 18:00-19:30 via Zoom.

R.S.V.P. foundation@addenbrookes.nhs.uk by Friday 21 January.

Help shape the future of suicide prevention in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Workshop: 27 January 2022, 17:30-19:00.

Trigger Warning – Please be advised this project will be discussing suicide, self-harm and factors that can lead to mental ill-health.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils and our partners are currently drafting the Suicide Prevention Strategy that will guide our approach to mental health over the next three years. If you are aged 18+ and live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough, please join us to share your thoughts on how we can prevent suicide in our county.

We want to hear from:

  • People who have had suicidal thoughts
  • Survivors of attempted suicides
  • Anyone who has lost someone to suicide
  • Anyone who has cared for someone who has made an attempt on their life
  • Anyone else with personal experience of suicide
  • Anyone with an interest or desire to help prevent suicide in our county

We will be hosting the workshop online over Microsoft Teams. Support will be available during and after the meeting if you feel like you need to take a break or want to take a step back at any point. If you would like to share your thoughts but don’t feel that an online meeting is appropriate for you, please contact joseph.davies@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to find a suitable alternative.

You do not need to prepare anything in advance – we just want to hear your opinions. We will send out the meeting link ahead of the workshop, along with any other information you need to know.

We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your involvement.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suicide-prevention-in-cambridgeshire-and-peterborough-tickets-239299951597

Gathering thoughts on childhood cancer data. Workshop: 27 January 2022, 16:00-18:30.

Are you or have you been affected by childhood cancer, either as a patient or as a carer of a young person with cancer? Share your thoughts on cancer data at this upcoming workshop.

DATA-CAN, in partnership with Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), BRIGHTLIGHT and Candlelighters are setting up a workshop to gather young people’s thoughts on cancer data.

We are looking to recruit a group of 15 individuals with experience of cancer in children and young people, either as a patient or as a carer of a young person with cancer.

We would like to invite you to take part in a 2.5 hour workshop on Thursday 27 January 2022, 4-6.30pm. During the workshop you will be asked to discuss your views on cancer data, what is collected and how it is shared and used in research.

The aim of the workshop is to gather the views of teenagers and young people with cancer and to look at ways we can increase awareness about how data is used. We will also explore how we can make sure families feel confident that their data will be safe as well as ensuring that researchers have the access they need.

Participants will be reimbursed for their time at a rate of £50 for the 2.5 hour workshop.

If this sounds like something you are interested in being involved in, please email Emily Connearn at e.connearn@leeds.ac.uk. You must be able to commit to Thursday 27 January 2022 for the 2.5 hours 4-6.30pm.

Survey: Help the BHF Data Science Centre prioritise imaging research. Deadline: 6 February 2022.

What do you think are the most important research questions that cardiovascular imaging can be used to address? The BHF Data Science Centre is working to establish national priorities for cardiovascular imaging research, and would like your input.

Read more about this work and the survey link to submit your questions at: Help us to prioritise what is most important in cardiovascular imaging research – HDR UK.

The deadline to submit your questions is Sunday 6 February 2022.

Survey: Target Wound Infection Survey – Patients, Carers and Public.

We are looking for staff, patients, carers and members of the public to help us improve wound infection monitoring after surgery. We need to know what aspects of monitoring wounds are important to you and the best ways of getting patients or carers involved in monitoring. By helping us you will be helping thousands of patients, because the end result will be better care for anyone having surgery. Filling in this online anonymous survey will take around 20 minutes. You can find more information about the study and a participant information sheet here: Target Wound Infection Study.

It isn’t necessary that respondents have had cardiac surgery.

Access the survey here: https://nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/target-wound-infection-service-users-surveillance-survey-2

Participation opportunities

Share your views on improving planning for end-of-life care in the UK. Deadline: 31 January 2022.

Have you recently started planning for end-of-life treatment and care, or thought about planning for the future?

Share your views with us and help us improve the quality of end-of-life care planning.

We are also very keen to hear from people who have experience of helping someone else in planning for end-of-life treatment and care, and from health care and social care staff working in end-of-life care.

Register here: https://www.thiscovery.org/project/end-of-life-care-stg2-5/?utm_campaign=EOLC&utm_content=190643733&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-896251529245716480

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