About this event

  • Date and time Thu 16 May 2019 from 1:00pm to 5:15pm
  • Location Chandos House
  • Organised by Public Engagement Programme

This event will enlighten delegates about co-production of research and how to implement healthcare research collaboratively, using hands-on interactive workshop sessions. Co-production encourages patients and members of the public to work with clinicians and researchers to create, redesign and build medical research.

In contrast with traditional public and patient involvement, citizens are not only consulted, but they are part of the conception, design, steering, implementation, and management of the research. Involvement in co-production can be initiated by the public as they seek researchers and clinicians to partner with to conduct research.

Co-production is about making the best use of the assets, resources and contributions of citizens, patients, researchers and clinicians, as well as working with trust and transparency. Confidence and equality for working together can be reinforced by asserting that the best outcomes do not always come by blanket agreement without discussion but that mutual respect, flexibility, and resilience create an environment where everyone is heard and included.

Topics include:

  • Learn what co-production in healthcare is and how it can be conducted, including the key stakeholders involved and their working processes
  • Identify benefits and barriers to co-production in healthcare research
  • Hands-on learning to effectively build co-production into your own work for research and healthcare

Key speakers

Simon Denegri

Simon Denegri, OBE

National Director for Patients, Carers and the Public in Research at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Speaker's biography

Simon Denegri was Chair of INVOLVE, the national advisory group for the promotion and support of public involvement in research funded by NIHR from 2011 until 2017. He was Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) from 2006 until 2011 and, prior to this, Director of Corporate Communications at the Royal College of Physicians from 2003.  He has also worked in corporate communications for Procter & Gamble in the United States from 1997 to 2000.  


Simon writes and speaks extensively about community and public involvement in health and social care and blogs at http://simon.denegri.com/. He also writes poetry and was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.

Niccola Hutchinson-Pascal

Niccola Hutchinson-Pascal

Project Manager, UCL Centre for Co-production in Health Research.

Speaker's biography

Niccola is passionate about co-production, about all parties communicating on a level playing field and about ensuring academic and commercial organisations are aware of the value gained from engaging in a two-way conversation with patients, members of the public and local community organisations to co-produce research. Niccola has worked for a number of different organisations across health, physical activity and sport, from charities and start-ups, to government related bodies, to large agencies. All of her roles have had a focus on public and community engagement.

Gary Hickey

Gary Hickey

Senior Public Involvement Manager at INVOLVE.

Speaker's biography

Gary has a background in health research including public involvement in research. At INVOLVE he is responsible for developing the International Network for Public Involvement and Engagement in Health and Social Care Research as well as work on co-production in research.

Amy Price

Amy Price

BMJ Patient Editor (research and evaluation) and is a senior research advisor with Stanford Medicine X.

Speaker's biography

Amy was a Neurocognitive Rehabilitation consultant and in International Missions before sustaining serious injury and years of rehabilitation. After her injury, Amy emerged with a goal to build a bridge between research methodology, research involvement and public engagement where the public is trained and empowered to be equal partners in health research. Amy’s experience has shown her that shared knowledge, interdisciplinary collaboration, and evidence based research will shape and develop the future.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Fiona Moss, Dean of the RSM

Introduction to the afternoon

Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients, Carers and the Public, UCL

Briefing by the Co-production session team

Gary Hickey, Senior Public Involvement Manager at INVOLVE, Niccola Hutchinson-Pascal, UCL Centre for Co-production in Health Research and Kati Turner, Researcher at St George’s, University of London.

Workshop Part 1: Co-production: what is it?

Exploring the key principles of co-production, challenges and their solutions. This session will include a Q&A, and will be based around this guidance.

Tea and coffee break
Workshop Part 2: Co-production: how to do it

An interactive exploration of the key principles of co-production in practice.

Co-production: Everything you wanted to know but didn’t dare ask

Panel session chaired by Fiona Moss, RSM Dean and featuring Fiona Godlee, BMJ Editor-in-Chief, Amy Price, BMJ Patient Editor, Gary Hickey from INVOLVE and Jane Smith, chair of London Bridge Research Ethics Committee.

Close and summary

Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of The BMJ and Fiona Moss, Dean of the RSM.

Workshop close


Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LQ, United Kingdom

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