Ms Michele Biddle

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  • Qualifications:MScPH, BPharm (Hons), AFHEA
  • Position:Research Associate in Public Health
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 87847
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About me

Michele Biddle (nee Kok) is a Research Associate in Public Health at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, and has a background in hospital and regulatory pharmacy.

Michele is also a member of the Public Involvement Team based within UWE's Department of Health and Social Sciences. The team aims to promote public involvement in the design and conduct of health research, and believes that good involvement improves the 'real world' relevance of research, ensuring that it addresses the needs of the public, patients and carers. The team is a core part of People in Health West of England (PHWE), an innovative UWE-led collaboration which supports the delivery of public involvement across the West of England.

Michele works two days a week with the NIHR ARC West Training and Capacity Building Team on secondment. She is also an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and contributes to teaching on the MSc in Public Health programme.

Michele's current research projects include:

Apart but not Alone: Neighbourhood Support and the COVID-19 Lockdown: A research project to capture how neighbours at street level are coming together to support each other during the lockdown, and to identify gaps where volunteers and services need to channel their efforts to reach people in need.

Opening the black box: Examining novel formats for socially diverse participation in research: A collaborative Quality-Related Research (QR) project between the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing and the Science Communication Unit, using new and novel 'living/live research and lab' projects to develop a series of case studies focussing on how participants from a wide range of backgrounds can be integrated into the production of scientific knowledge.

Strengthening Local Communities (co-applicant)Evaluation of the Gloucestershire Place-based Community Development Programme to test and develop innovative practice with respect to the promotion of health and wellbeing in community settings. This is in partnership with the Gloucestershire County Council Public Health Division, Clinical Commissioning Group, and Gloucestershire District Councils.

COMBACTE-MAGNET (Combatting Bacterial Resistance in Europe – Molecules against Gram Negative Infections): Completed a systematic review of the attitudes and approaches to public involvement in Europe. Also published a toolkit for public involvement in antimicrobial medicines development research, within a work package for a consortium of pharmaceutical companies and academic partners, funded by a European public-private funding initiative – Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). She has co-delivered workshops to support the use of this toolkit.


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