All Health and Care Research Wales activity is underpinned by the belief that the people of Wales have a key role to play in improving the quality and relevance of research.
We want to create an environment in which all health and social care research that takes place in Wales happens with the public, for the public.
A key priority in the Health and Care Research Wales Strategic Plan is the need to facilitate and enable wider public involvement, engagement and participation in health and social care research.
We aim to:
We will realise these ambitions through the coordination and development of a joined up approach to public involvement, engagement and participation. Central to this ambition are interrelated components:
Oversight of our ambitions will be delivered by the Health and Care Research Wales Public Delivery Board.
The Public Delivery Board will provide strategic advice to Health and Care Research Wales in relation to the public’s role in health and social care research. The Board will act as the champion of public interest in the direction, design and conduct of research in Wales.
The Public Delivery Board is chaired by an independent member of the public and members of the public form the majority of its membership.
The advice that the Public Delivery Board provides will inform, and be informed by, a set of core principles which guide and shape our public involvement and engagement activity.
Programme of Activity
The Public Delivery Board is also responsible for overseeing and driving an overarching programme of work to facilitate high-quality public involvement, engagement and participation with health and social care research.
The programme of activity is based around five inter-related themes:
The programme comprises the activities, projects and actions that will be put in place to achieve our long-term ambitions.
This activity constitutes what we need to do in order to bring about the changes we want to see and aims to enable us to move from where we are now, to where we want to be.
It is essential to ensure sufficient and appropriate central support for public involvement and engagement in research.
Central support for our vision will be provided by the Support Centre who will provide high quality guidance, resources and training for researchers, the public and health and social care professionals across Wales.
It will also continue to support the Involving People Network, for those wishing to be involved and engaged in research.
Health and Care Research Wales supports and encourages public involvement and engagement across all its funded activities, with the aim of making involvement and engagement ‘core business’:
HealthWise Wales will help to raise awareness and understanding of health and social care research in Wales, and is an open invitation for all members of the public to take in a research study.
It will ensure the public have an equal and active role in identifying and shaping research priorities and issues to be explored, designing studies and providing data for analysis.
Find out more about HealthWise Wales and how to join the Study: www.gov.wales/healthwisewales