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Service Users and Carers Working Group

The group aims to ensure that Service User and Carer involvement in NHS research is recognised and embedded into the activities of the Forum, promoting involvement in all aspects of the NHS research management agenda. The group consists of service users, PPIE leads, and academics experienced in research involvement, acting as a source of knowledge and expertise to the wider Forum. The group is a source of information, identifies, develops and disseminates examples of best practice, and aims to influence the work of key health research organisations, such as the NIHR.

Contact the Group

Contact the group via  suc@rdforum.org.uk

Group Chair:

Dr Virginia Minogue

Dr Virginia Minogue is an independent research management consultant, coach and mentor. She previously worked in research management for NHS England and also for a number of NHS Trusts. She is an experienced Senior Manager, in the public and third sector, working at national, regional and local level, leading on commissioning, research policy, strategy and governance. She has a history of involving service users, patients and carers in all aspects of commissioning and research. Virginia also has wide university teaching experience. Current projects include an advisory role with the Health Service Executive and with GS1. Virginia is also an experienced charity trustee and has worked for a number of charities; she served two terms of office as chair of a large mental health charity in the UK and was a trustee for 15 years. She is currently a Board member and research lead for another mental health charity.

Group Members:

Mary Cooke
Member
SUCWG

Anne-Laure Donksoy
Member
SUCWG

Mary Nettle
Member
SUCWG

Penny Vicary
Member
SUCWG

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