Public and Community Involvement & Engagement


Aims and Scope


We are working closely alongside Health Innovation Manchester and other Greater Manchester (GM) organisations to ensure that our approach aligns with NIHR’s future strategy; prioritising innovative co-production and co-creation methods for inclusive partnership working to reflect population needs and address inequalities.


Our vision is that Public and Community Involvement and Engagement (PCIE) will be integral to ARC-GM through:

  • Development of a diverse PCIE core panel, which will reflect our GM communities.
  • Fostering opportunities for meaningful co-production of research and implementation within appropriate research themes


Key Focuses


Our PCIE panel will be our central contact for overarching involvement and engagement and will:

  • Co-produce our full PCIE strategy
  • Link where appropriate to research themes
  • Be integral to decision-making through our governance structure.


We will also develop the capacity and capability of PCIE members and enable them to act as ‘ARC Community Champions’ to foster wider involvement, engagement and participation.


Within the research themes we will foster opportunities for co-production of research and implementation by providing support to establish project specific PPIE groups from diverse communities and run engagement events.


All of these activities will be underpinned by our links to the newly established ‘One Manchester PCIE Forum’ to share learning and resources, good practice and training with other PCIE leads across GM. This forum will provide links to research active organisations across the region, support capacity building for co-production and provide a greater understanding of health and social care needs across GM.


Core Standards


  • Inclusive opportunities and working together
  • Support and Learning: We have a track record of developing and delivering training and support for strong and inclusive PCIE, such as training for mental health service-users and carers
  • Communications: We will ensure appropriate methods of communication feed back into enabling inclusive opportunities, whilst also ensuring that our PCIE contributors take lead roles in the development of innovative dissemination materials
  • Impact: We will use a combination of our existing materials for evaluation of all our PCIE activities.
  • Governance: The PCIE Panel will have representation on our Governance Board.


Key Contacts


PCIE lead: Prof. Caroline Sanders

PCIE Programme Manager: Rebecca McShane


If you would like to know more about our PCIE approach, or you are interested in getting involved please contact Rebecca.