The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is now working with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and regional partners to ensure patients have a voice in their healthcare, especially with regard to diversity and equality.
In November, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN joined the Wellcome Trust in supporting a NIHR Voices event in Leeds where members of the public, NHS staff and academics discussed the future of public involvement and the importance of diversity and equality.
As a result of this, a new steering group is to be set up and the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will be a lead member on this.
The event in Leeds was held at the Weetwood Hotel and opened by Simon Denegri, the NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public and the Chair of INVOLVE, the national advisory group for the promotion and support of public involvement in research funded by the NIHR.
Delegates took part in a series of creative activities and workshops to gather different perspectives to help shape future inclusion in public involvement. These will be discussed at a future event.
The day also provided a platform to share information about other public involvement groups as well as the opportunity to explore the Yorkshire and Humber Public Involvement Community site.