Dr Andy Gibson

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Andy is Associate Professor in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and has a social sciences background. His research interests focus on public involvement in health research. He is the academic lead for People in Health West of England (www.phwe.org.uk), a UWE-led collaborative initiative on PPI in research with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC West), the West of England Academic Health Science Network, the Clinical Research Network West of England, Bristol Biomedical Research Centre and Bristol Health Partners.

He also leads the UWE patient and public involvement team based in the Department of Health and Social Sciences.

Prior to moving to the University of Western England Andy led the development of PPI at the Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PenCLAHRC),where he established an innovative model of PPI which received national recognition. His work has involved developing PPI in research areas which typically have not involved the public, such as computer modelling and with seldom heard groups such as people with dementia.

He has developed a framework for conceptualising PPI (Gibson et al, 2012; 2017) that also has practical utility in the evaluation and planning of PPI. He was also part of the MRC funded team that developed the Public Involvement Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF).

He was a major contributor to organising the first UK conference focusing on developing the evidence base for PPI, held in Exeter in November 2013, which was attended by many of the leading academics in the field.



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