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Public Health Master Class

“Nothing about us without us”: the value of involving the public & patients in health and social care research and education

This event is free for all relevant professionals working in Hertfordshire, whether statutory, private or voluntary sector. This session is aimed at anyone working with patients and service users.

Wednesday, 8th February 2017

14:00 - 16:00, Refreshments from 13:30

Room A166 – Lindop Building (College Lane campus), University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB.


  • Dr Julia Jones, Reader in Patient Experience and Public Involvement in Research group
  • Diane Munday, Member of the Public Involvement in Research Group (PIRg)

Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC)
School of Health and Social Work
University of Hertfordshire


Public and patient involvement in research and education has the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation through involvement in the training of health and social care professionals and the implementation of relevant and high quality research.

There is growing evidence that:

  • The active involvement in the research process by people who use health and social care services can enhance the quality and impact of research findings.
  • Collaborative working between patients/service users/carers and educationalists in activities such as the recruitment of new students, curriculum development, classroom teaching and assessment can enhance the knowledge, skills and attributes of health and social care students.

In this presentation, Julia and Diane will co-present the wider context of patient and public involvement (PPI) in health and social care and then focus on examples of PPI at the University of Hertfordshire.

PPI research examples will include projects on conditions including diabetes, arthritis, cystic fibrosis and dementia. The benefits and challenges experienced from both academic (Julia) and member of the public (Diane) perspectives will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the principles of patient and public involvement (PPI) in research and education
  • To gain an appreciation of the potential benefits and challenges of PPI in research and education
  • To consider the relevance of PPI in different areas of health and social care

To register for this event please register via the Masterclass Eventbrite page - found here. You will need the password to access the registration page - the password is masterclass2017.

If you have any difficulty with your registration, or have any queries about the event please contact Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council on 01438 844 088  or at