“I am Mark Horsfield, a member of the Nottingham Lung Infection Research PPI group since 2017. I was invited to join the PPI group following in patient treatment for pneumonia. Since then I have regularly attended PPI meetings to discuss potential clinical research projects. We give opinions on what we think would be acceptable and reasonable from a patient’s prospective. We also read and make suggested changes to the wording of Plain English Summaries for new research proposals. “
“I find the meetings interesting and stimulating to be thinking in a different way and addressing questions that I would not encounter in my job. I personally volunteer with the PPI group to give something back to the NHS in the hope that it makes a small contribution to the effective treatment and recovery of patients.”
Our PPI group received exiting news:
In October 2019 Debbie Ashton the Nottingham Lung Infection Research Manager emailed to say she had exciting news. It was later to be confirmed that she had nominated the Nottingham Lung Infection PPI group for the Team NUH Awards 2019 and that we had been successful in being shortlisted for an Award.
Our PPI group was shortlisted for the Innovation, Research and Improvement (Nurturing) Award.
Members of the PPI group were invited to attend the annual awards held in recognition of the work of staff, volunteers and fundraisers. In 2019 there was a record breaking 1200 nominees in 16 categories, with each Award then being shortlisted into a final three nominations of individuals or groups.
On the evening of Thursday 5th December the event was held at the East Midlands Conference, We were served with a three course meal before hearing from the speakers about the achievements of the nominees, the announcement of the winners and presentation of the awards.
Whilst we didn’t win the award, it was an honour to be nominated and be recognised on the night alongside people who work in the Hospitals on a daily basis.