HSC R&D Division in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Centre deliver workshops on Building Research Partnerships.
These workshops are designed for people interested in getting involved in research and researchers interested in involving the public, patients and carers in their research. They use a quality assured train the trainer approach to explore the area of health and social care research as well as the various ways the public can be constructively involved in the research process as partners. They aim to strengthen mutual understanding and working relationships between researchers and the public, and support researchers in developing and delivering quality research that is accessible, acceptable and patient focused to benefit patients and Health and Social Care.
Since 2012 five workshops have taken place in Northern Ireland. Following each course, participants were invited to complete evaluation forms.
Evaluation showed that the workshops:
- have enabled capacity building at a local and national level
- have led to a positive learning environment for participants
- have helped to engage a group of professionals and public with a range of conditions and experience
- have helped build partnerships which have the potential to have a measurable impact on practice