NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) has launched its first Public & Community Involvement and Engagement (PCIE) Strategy, as part of its commitment in delivering meaningful public and community involvement and engagement in its work.

Building on ARC KSS’s original submission to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which covers a five-year period (October 2019 to October 2024), the strategy outlines how ARC KSS will engage and involve local communities and the public in the applied health and social care research that it undertakes.

Leading on the strategy, Pippa Shaw, ARC KSS PCIE Lead, said:

“ARC KSS is the first of its type in this region, which has given us the challenge of setting this up from scratch, but also the opportunity to think as innovatively and flexibly as possible with regard to embedding public involvement in the forming of a new ARC.

“Our focus has been to develop the PCIE strategy using the six UK standards for public involvement – a framework for what good public involvement should look like.

“We have used the standards as a guide to co-design our programme of activities through our working group and so we could learn from others and from their experience around how best to ensure success.”

Download a copy of the pdf PCIE strategy (391 KB) .

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