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2024 Patient and Public Involvement Event Resources

Hosted by NHS Research Scotland and the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government on Tuesday 12 March 2024, to showcase the strength and diversity of patient and public involvement (PPI) across Scotland.

The event brought together PPI partners, PPI and engagement (PPIE) professionals, researchers (including early career researchers) and policymakers working in, and with an interest in, developing their PPI practice and activities and offered an opportunity for sharing, networking and increasing collaborative working in PPI across Scotland.

We have compiled a list of presentations, news articles and other resources from and about the event, so that they may be used and disseminated to a wider audience.

2024 Patient and Public Involvement Event Presentations

Twelve workshops encompassing 45 presentations were delivered at the event. From the use of PPI in pre-clinical research, in data science and in caregiving; through to support for PPI, rewards and finances, impact and evaluation. Insight into working with children and young people, underserved groups and those with additional needs was also presented. 

Use the options below to navigate to the presentation of choice. If you have any queries, contact

Workshop 1A: Pre -Clinical Research

Workshop 1B: Working with Underserved Groups

Workshop 1C: Improving Clinical Trials with PPI

Workshop 2A: Working with Underserved Groups

Workshop 2B: Aging, Caregiving, Cognitive Impairment

Workshop 2C: Impact and Evaluation

Workshop 3A: CSO Early Career Researchers

Workshop 3B: Rewards and Finances

Workshop 3C: PPI in Data Science

Workshop 4A: Working with People with Additional Needs

Workshop 4B: Working with Children and Young People

Workshop 4C: Support for PPI

2024 Patient and Public Involvement Event Award Winners

Scotland’s research community was encouraged to submit nominations for two awards recognising individuals who have had a positive impact on patient and public involvement (PPI) in Scotland.

The PPI Newcomer Award is for researchers, public partners, or PPI leads at the start of their PPI journey. It recognises that taking the first steps into PPI can be daunting but the start of a productive journey between researchers and public contributors.

The PPI Impact award is for researchers, public partners, or PPI Leads who have demonstrated ongoing commitment to PPI. It recognises that supporting, delivering and sustaining PPI requires dedication but can deliver significant benefit and impact.  

Congratulations to our winners who received their awards during the event! 


PPI Newcomer Award was awarded to Laura Edwards, Clinical Research Nurse in the Maybin lab at the Centre for Reproductive Health at University of Edinburgh for her contribution to PPI in menstrual research. The award recognised Laura's work in facilitating, coordinating and amplifying the voices of those with lived experience of problematic menstrual bleeding, which can be debilitating. Her work will make a real difference in ensuring these stories are heard and helping to smash the stigma associated with problem periods. Read more

PPI Impact Award was awarded to Dr Rosalie Ashworth, Patient and Public Involvement Lead of the NHS Research Scotland Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network for her work in leading the Partners in Research (PIR) Group. Over the past two years Rosie has comprehensively developed the PIR service, to promote an engaging platform for people with a lived experience, researchers, charities and health professionals to come together for a purpose and a common goal of ensuring that the voices of people with a lived experience are listened to and heard. This includes co-authoring a book with people with lived experience of dementia, with the open access link already accessed almost 10,000 times, plus conference work, monthly drop in sessions and harnessing the groups experience as co-researchers for research relating to healthy behaviour change in unpaid carers, music in care homes, using AI technology, involving people with dementia who cannot communicate verbally, among other projects. Read more

PPI Impact Award was awarded to Margaret Graham, TOPSY study Patient and Public Involvement representative for her work in shaping the TOPSY study and now the results dissemination. Margaret was a co-applicant on the TOPSY study, and throughout (2017-2024) she has contributed to the operationalisation of the research, and added value with her innovative Patient and Public Involvement activities including publishing a commentary article in the Trials journal. Margaret has also been an active member of the process evaluation sub-group offering valuable insight on various elements of the study - from interviewing women on sensitive topics, to writing the process evaluation chapter for the NIHR monograph and involvement in the ongoing process evaluation paper. Margaret has also championed dissemination of the TOPSY study findings with the study team acknowledging 'how fantastic her expertise, knowledge and insights' have been. Read more

2024 Patient and Public Involvement Event in the News