Strategy for Patient & Public Involvement & Engagement (PPI/E)

posted 20 Dec 2018, 04:47 by Rachel Dickinson   [ updated 20 Dec 2018, 05:31 ]

We have developed a strategy for enhancing patient and public involvement and engagement with the activities of the Newcastle MIC.  We see this as an essential part of the growth and development of our organisation.  The strategy was developed with input from members of the VOICE research support group, a collective of research active citizens who work with universities and external organisations.  You can read our full strategy by downloading the PDF file below. 

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posted 30 Oct 2018, 10:25 by Rachel Dickinson

Our PPI lead attended a knowledge transfer event aimed at supporting PPI within medical technology research and the findings have just been published here!

Support for Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E): New programme of activities beginning September 2018!

posted 30 Aug 2018, 09:48 by Rachel Dickinson   [ updated 30 Aug 2018, 09:51 ]

Over the last 4 years our Research Support Group, which is co-ordinated through VOICE, has supported researchers with their public involvement. The group, formed of research active citizens, has provided feedback on research proposals and lay summaries and this has contributed to grant and project success for a number of our researchers.

“The Research Support Group have been absolutely brilliant and I feel very privileged to work with them. I have involved them in several of my research projects so far. Members of VOICE are on my Trial Steering Committees of major clinical trials from Newcastle including the British Heart Foundation SENIOR RITA trial; they have helped shape the patient information sheets for research studies and have provided their valuable insight from patient/lay member perspective on the research topic and even the design of the study.

We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic enthusiastic group who are willing to work with doctors/researchers like me in Newcastle to help shape the care we provide to our patients through clinical research”.
Dr Vijay Kunadian, Clinical Research Fellow   

Our members also really value the opportunity to meet with MIC researchers and contribute to the cutting-edge research taking place:

“The breadth of topics covered in the Research Support Group has been so wide that I feel more in tune with current and future developments across society. It has been an excellent learning opportunity”.
Research Support Group member   

To ensure that we continue to effectively involve and engage patients, carers and public in the MIC, we are evolving the group and launching a new programme of activities to support you:

  • to obtain early patient and public involvement (PPI) in your research, including feedback on your lay summary and project proposal from a cohort of research active citizens
  • to host an event, debate or lecture as part of our “Research Matters” public engagement programme. We will live stream events through our VOICE digital platform
  • to provide feedback to patients, carers and the public to enable you to demonstrate the impact that patient and public involvement has had on your research
  • with a programme of training and bespoke one-to-one advice on all aspects of patient and public involvement and engagement

The group will meet from 10:00-15:15 on the first Wednesday of every month starting September 2018

If you would like to consult the group please complete the form at:

Further information


Telephone: 0191 208 1287  

Creating Connections: Diversity in involvement in research event!

posted 30 Aug 2018, 09:36 by Rachel Dickinson

We are looking forward to being part of an upcoming event showcasing regional examples of patient and public involvement in research which will be held on Tuesday 16th October! See the flyer for more details!



Newcastle MIC Mixed Methods Methodologist Vacancy

posted 15 Aug 2018, 08:56 by Rachel Dickinson   [ updated 15 Aug 2018, 08:57 ]

Interested in joining a growing team of diagnostic test evaluators within our In vitro Diagnostics Co-operative? Check out our exciting new role for a mixed methods researcher in our team!  Deadline is 20th May 2018.  Click here for more details!

Launch of Diagnostics North East

posted 20 Apr 2018, 09:25 by Rachel Dickinson

On 14th March 2018 Diagnostics North East was launched coinciding with a two day conference showcasing the unique diagnostics infrastructure that we have here in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East of England.  Read more about the launch and the conference here!

Diagnostics North East Conference 2018

posted 12 Apr 2018, 04:30 by Joy Allen

Supporting early stage development to clinical adoption

Our Diagnostics North East conference takes place this Wednesday and Thursday (14th-15th March) bringing together expert speakers at the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne. This two day conference will showcase the diagnostic resources and expertise available to support researchers, clinicians, and industry in developing and deploying new and innovative diagnostic technologies. We still have places available on both days so register here now to secure your place!

More information about the conference can be found here!

£86 million funding announced for new medicine and technology

posted 19 Jul 2017, 03:56 by Ray Waters

The government has announced new funding of up to £86 million for UK firms to develop medical breakthroughs.

The package will allow small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test new technologies in the NHS. This could include innovations such as digital technologies to help patients manage their conditions from home instead of a hospital, or to develop new medicines.

Access to this funding will also speed up the time it takes to get new technologies from the lab to patients in the NHS.

The announcement is the first step in taking forward the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) – an independently chaired review, which made recommendations to government on speeding up patient access to new technologies.

Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT)

posted 4 Jul 2017, 05:31 by Ray Waters

Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT)
The ITT, operational from April 2017,will remove the need for multiple price negotiations between providers and suppliers, and instead guarantee automatic reimbursement when an approved innovation is used, see AHSN website for further info. 

NHS Expo2015

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