Tina first started using mental health services in 1990 and has been a passionate champion for public involvement in services and research for many years. A mental health service user, research reviewer and survivor researcher Tina is now the Chair of INVOLVE, which is the national face of active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. She became a user activist through setting up local self-help groups, to being the Chair of the National Survivor User Network having led this from the planning stage to independence, and is an honorary visiting fellow in social policy and social work at the University of York, and an associate at the Centre for Citizenship and Community at UCLan. Tina was the Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s Co-Production network from 2012 to 2018 which supports user, carer and equality groups’ involvement in the SCIE’s strategic decision-making and is Co-Chair of the Wessex Public Involvement Network, to deliver a unified NIHR vision for public involvement in health research in the region.
INVOLVE was established in 1996 and is part of, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research, to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. It is one of the few government-funded programmes of its kind in the world. As a national advisory group, our role is to bring together expertise, insight, and experience in the field of public involvement in research, with the aim of advancing it as an essential part of the process by which research is identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated.
I will seek out the views and opinions of people from diverse backgrounds to enrich the work I do.Completed
I will endeavour to bring more patient and public members into the work I do at the Wessex PIN and as Chair of Involves advisory groupCompleted
I will actively listen and act on fellow PPI contributors input as possible to make sure what I do is grounded in the lived reality of those others.Completed