• Janet Gray
    I have been involved in PPI in Norfolk for about 8 years, after a number of careers. Originally a Biology teacher, I have also been a university administrator and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East before working for 17 years for the police in a number of roles including research and Procurement. As relatives, friends and I have aged and developed health problems, I have become increasingly interested in the care of older people and concentrated on PPI studies relating to geriatric care. CHARMER provides an opportunity for me to contribute to an important, highly relevant study which will result in improved outcomes for older people
  • Jennie Griffiths
    Jennie Griffiths
    My interest in health research stems from my care and support for a number of family members, many of them elderly with a range of health issues. I saw the impact of long term use of numerous medicines, sometimes proving to be more debilitating than the conditions they were prescribed to treat. Since my retirement in 2012 I have been a lay member of the local PPIRes ( Public and Patient Involvement in Research) panel and have been involved in a variety of research studies as advisory group and steering group member. My working life included recruitment, finance and in later years I worked as a Chartered Internal Auditor managing the review of a broad range public sector systems. I was also a soft fruit grower for several years while my three children were growing up.
  • Jas Jayasooriya
    I am an Emeritus Reader in Chemistry at UEA, who is still involved in a few research projects including one in the field of Pharmacy. I am joining this research project because I have personal experiences at least twice where the side effects of a medication caused me more problems than it solved. Therefore, it is my opinion that this is a very useful project which is likely to help a majority of individuals in society.
  • Katherine
    Katherine Murphy
    Working with colleagues on the Charmer Project addressing a patient safety issue it is reassuring to see how the voice of the patient/public is encouraged, how our researchers are listening, learning and making patient involvement really meaningful. Our Research colleagues understand that the voice of patients is key and this is the correct way to undertake Research. As a PPI team we have been integrated into the CHARMER project from the outset showing how our involvement is making a difference and our combined contribution will be of benefit to many patients and the public.
  • Doreen
    Doreen Pegg
    I have worked in Health and Social Care for many years, I started as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at two psychiatric hospitals in Suffolk. I began a training course in Social Work, Nursing and Learning Disability for two years until my husband’s death, I later worked in two care homes. Some years ago I attended a course in London based on research into an Expert Patient Programme. I have fundraised for Cancer and Diabetes. At present I am now a member of Healthwatch, Sickle Cell Group and PPI panel. I am interested in being involved in the CHARMER project because I attended a course on Expert Patient Programme in London and as a member of the PPI panel would like to take part in future research workshops.
  • Dave Taylor
    David Taylor
    I have personal experience of managing several long-term conditions since my teenage years, including major surgery and numerous other inpatient and outpatient encounters. I also co-ordinate care for my disabled 99-year old father and my 93-year old aunt in a care home, so I have diverse experience of accessing healthcare in different settings. I retired in 2018 from Imperial College where I had worked closely with healthcare professionals from many disciplines while researching technologies for collecting healthcare information directly from patients. I was a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Patients Association from 2015-2021, helping with their digital infrastructure and strategy. I have participated in several PPIE initiatives including Google Deepmind, the PHIMed study on Patient-Held Information to support medicines optimisation, and the IQVIA Cancer Data Network Clinical Advisory Group. For much of my professional career I was responsible for marketing communications, website content or scientific knowledge transfer, and in other roles I was responsible for customer experiences where usability and clarity were paramount. I recognise that clear, concise and consistent communication is at the heart of every patient encounter and that is why I value the opportunity to work with the CHARMER project.
  • Sujata Walkerley
    Sujata Walkerley
    My interest in patient involvement goes back to when I attended GP and hospital appointments with my parents to help with language and cultural translation. I could see they were not involved in the decision making of their care and treatment. As part of the PPI team with the CHARMER project, my experience and contribution from the patient perspective is valued making it a real and meaningful part of the research. I have been a member of the Patient Participation Group at my local GP Practice for the last six years as well as contributing to some PPI groups at UEA.