The Greater Manchester Public and Community Involvement and Engagement (PCIE) Forum


There has been increasing reference to the value of involving and engaging members of the public and communities in       health and care research, innovation and system improvement. Greater Manchester has seen extensive activity from        multiple organisations all working to improve Public and Community Involvement and Engagement (PCIE).


In working  together there is an opportunity to harness resources, avoid duplication and to innovate in new PCIE      approaches and  methods.


The forum brings together leaders (both staff and public) of public and community involvement and engagement from health and care organisations linking with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC GM) and Health Innovation Manchester including:


  • Universities within Greater Manchester;
  • NIHR infrastructure;
  • health and social care providers;
  • The GM Health and Social Care Partnership;
  • voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.


Purpose & Aims

The forum works together to share information, resources, ideas that will support diverse public involvement and engagement reflecting needs and priorities of individuals and communities in Greater Manchester. This will support collective activity with maximum reach and impact and will support the mission to improve health and well being of the Greater Manchester population. Our aims are:


  • To map PPIE strategies/activities across Greater Manchester relevant to health and well being and associated with research, education and service provision
  • To work collaboratively to support best practice
  • To network and to develop shared activities and outputs (e.g. an annual conference, a charter of shared values and priorities) that enhance the reach and impact of our public involvement and engagement



The aim is to include PCIE leads (staff and lay leads) from health and care organisations linking with NIHR ARC-GM and HInM and within the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector.



Current Members: 



Job Title

Website Link

Caroline Sanders (Chair)

Prof of Medical Sociology, Lead for Public and Community Involvement and Engagement for Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC GM)
Alex Kershaw Senior Team Leader – Salford Foundation

Angela Ruddock

Lay Chair of PRIMER PPIE group for NIHR School for Primary Care Research

Ben Gilchrist

Action Together Deputy Chief Executive

Beth Sharrat

Senior Administrator Health and Social Care Voluntary Community Social Enterprise Engagement Network

Bimpe Kuti

Service User and Carer Involvement Lead Bolton University

Charles Kwaku-Odoi

Chief Officer Caribbean African Health Network

Chris Dabbs

Chief Executive - Unlimited Potential

Claire Tomkinson

Manchester Community Central (MACC) - Strategic Lead: Collaboration

Donna Miller

Black Health Agency for Equality in Health and Social Care

Bella Starling

Co-Director of Public Programmes at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leah Holmes

Co-Director of Public Programmes at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Elisabeth Boulton Research Associate and PPIE lead for the NIHR Policy Research Unit on Frailty and Ageing
Emma Jones Information Support Officer - Healthwatch Manchester
Gemma Gaskell Chief Officer - Diversity Matters North West

Hawys Williams

Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Manager, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Jess Zadik

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Engagement in Research Manager Research and Innovation dept, Northern Care Alliance

Lloyd Gregory

HInM Academic Partnerships Director

Maddy Hubbord

GMHSCP Co-Production Project Manager

Mahesh Nirmalan

Vice Dean for Social Responsibility and Public Engagement


Neil Walbrand

Healthwatch Manchester

Nicky Timmis

HInM PPIE Manager

Paula Daley

The Christie GM Cancer Macmillan User Involvement Team Leader

Paula Ormandy

Professor, PPIE lead, Salford University

Prof Joy Duxbury

Professor of Mental Health & PPIE lead - MMU

Ruth Proudlove

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust Project Manager – Person & Community Centred Approaches

Stephanie Snow

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Tara Davies/ Sheila Wilkinson

MFT Patient Experience Team

Janet Eastwood

Head of Comms, NIHR CRN

Sue Wood

Head of ARC-GM

Aneela McAvoy

Project Manager PPIE ARC-GM

Rachel Brennan

Groundswell, #HealthNow network on homelessness and access to healthcare

Paul Hine

Made by Mortals

Alex Kershaw

Digital Buddies/ Salford Foundation

Emma Jones

Healthwatch Manchester

Nasrine Akhtar

Awakening Minds

Penny Noel

Diversity Matters North West

Tracy Turley

Tameside and Glossop PPIE lead

Alex Hall

Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit

Nick Filer

 PCIE Panel member





We meet regularly (currently monthly) and focus on themes of interest to members with one or two presentations and discussion. For example, previous meetings have focused on diversity and inclusion; digital inequalities; community experiences during COVID. 





Chair: Professor Caroline Sanders, Public and Community Involvement and Engagement Lead for Manchester Academic Health          Science Centre & NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC-GM). 








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