JS Training Services and the Joint Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Team in the West of England¹ are working in partnership to manage the facilitation of Building Research Partnerships workshops, and leading and managing a facilitator training process for this. JS Training Services will facilitate three Building Research Partnerships workshops, one on Monday 13th October 2014, one in the spring of 2015 and another in the autumn of 2015. JS Training Services will be facilitating these workshops, and liaising with Rosie Davies (Research Fellow – Patient and Public involvement) and Kim Thomas, the PPI Team Administrator, to ensure that they are set up, run and followed up in an appropriate and effective manner, including the provision of appropriate hand-outs and other materials.
JS Training Services are leading a facilitator training process on behalf of the Joint PPI team. This will include contributing to the preparation of materials for advertising this opportunity, the application process, and for the facilitator selection meeting as well as facilitation of the selection meeting on 23/9/14 including contributing to the selection panel. This role will include ongoing leadership and management of this process, specifically including having two meetings with the trainee facilitators. Each one will be held on the day before the Building Research Partnerships workshops in 2015. These will be half-day meetings where the trainee facilitators are guided and supported to take up their role. This includes ongoing assessment of the trainees’ progress, providing feedback and opportunities for reflection on the development of skills. The training process includes the opportunity for trainees to lead or co-lead some parts of the spring 2015 workshop, and shared leadership of the autumn 2015 workshop. JS Training Services will make the final assessment of which trainees reach a sufficient standard to become ‘accredited’ Building Research Partnerships facilitators. It also includes balancing the needs of the trainee facilitators with the needs of other workshop participants, so that the quality of the workshops is maintained through this process.
¹ The West of England PPI Team support involvement on behalf of Bristol Health Partners, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West, NIHR Clinical Research Network, and the West of England Academic Health Science Network.