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REN – The creation of a Research Engagement Network

Mid and South Essex ICB, all their main hospitals and members of the community assembly are working on a project to set up a Research Engagement Network.

Once created this network will help researchers provide a better service for underserved groups.

Characteristics which are common to several of these groups include:

  • Lower inclusion in research than expected.
  • Higher healthcare burden unmatched by research designed for such groups.
  • Differences in how they engage with healthcare interventions compared to other groups.

Groups that they are keen to work with are –

  • Age extremes
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Different ethnically diverse groups
  • LGBTQ+

This project aims to work with partner organisations in order to develop their local research activities with underrepresented communities. It involves increasing diversity in research and supporting the diverse local communities to get involved in research.

Research Ready Communities: an innovative approach to inclusion in research

Their plan

Make sure health and social care research better reflects the needs and interests of all areas, groups and communities across the country. As a result, they will be better able to address health inequalities.

Programme aims:

  • Build trusting, mutually beneficial relationships with the community.
  • Listen to and understand the community better.
  • Work in partnership with community members and organisations to make research more inclusive and representative.

How they will achieve their goals

  1. Partner with local organisations
  2. Work with partner organisations to find and train community members as Community Champions
  3. Support Community Champions to listen to people in the community about their knowledge and views of health and social care research.
  4. Co-design local activities that respond to what people have said, and that will help improve local inclusion in health and social care research.
  5. Implement co-designed local activities together.
  6. Continue long-term partnership to build inclusive research for the community.

Take the survey: https://virtualviews.midandsouthessex.ics.nhs.uk/ren-research-engagement-network/surveys/research-engagement-2

RRAVS | Rayleigh and Rochford District Association for Voluntary Service

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