Dr Kath Maguire
Knowledge Spa Research Office 2
University of Exeter Medical School, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD
Kath in a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow. She is a sociologist with a particular interest in public involvement and community engagement. She works in the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, and supports the Health and Environment Public Engagement (HEPE) group in Cornwall. She completed her PhD in 2014 at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry with a theses entitled 'Public and Patient Involvement in Theory and in Practice'. This was supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, PenCLAHRC. Before undertaking that study Kath had been one of the founder members of the PenCLAHRC public and patient involvement group (PenPIG).
As a University of Exeter Catalyst engagement champion she has worked with colleagues from other academic colleges and community groups to support engaged research and learning. A particular interest of hers is the use of stories, games and activities in communication about research.
As a member of the Third Gap Research Group, within the Institute for Health Research, Kath is particularly interested in connecting theoretical understanding of public involvement and engagement to our developing practice. She is committed to ensuring service users and members of the public are supported to access research evidence and that addressing their information needs is embedded in research priorities.
As a former carer, Kath used that personal experience to inform lay roles with NIHR funding panels and the General Medical Council Reference Community. She was a member of the National Community Forum, which sat wthin the Department for Communities and Local Government, taking part in their panel on community involvement across government. She also worked with Empowering Communities, the south west regional cross sectoral consortium on public engagement. She was part of a social enterprise, researching community involvement in Local Strategic Partnerships for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Her work with local community sector groups has focused on community based learning and active citizenship support.
Mobilising knowledge to patients and wider publics. What works and who does it work for?
This project addresses practical knowledge mobilisation (KMb) and KMb research in involvement arenas
described by sociologists as ‘knowledge spaces’. These are where people with different sorts of knowledge meet, to share perspectives about an issue. Knowledge spaces in health and social care may involve several professionals (researchers/clinicians/managers/commissioners/public health officials, etc.) engaging with lay publics (patients/carers/citizens and communities).
- Patient/community forums working with researchers/service development initiatives
- governance bodies with patient/public representatives overseeing research, funding, service provision or
- activist groups campaigning about patient safety or service provision.
Policy makers and funders identify patient and public involvement/engagement as a priority, Ideally knowledge is mobilised in both directions, to inform individual health/lifestyle decisions, and to design/commission better services/interventions. But if done badly it can be experienced as tokenistic and alienating.
Interactions between multiple stakeholders and their different relationship with organisational, social and policy contexts make these ‘knowledge spaces’ intrinsically complex. This makes it implausible that a single approach to addressing KMb will be straightforwardly transferrable to all settings.
By combining a realist review with participatory action research methodology KMb mechanisms will be identified and used to tailor and trial individual KMb strategies. Community based knowledge champions will be identified and supported. By supporting educators involving patients and communities in medical teaching, this learning can be embedded in developing curricula.
In complex cross-sectoral health ‘knowledge spaces’ which include multiple stakeholders, what enables the KMb that addresses different stakeholder priorities and what can be done to foster that process?
Key research aims are to:
- map support for patient, public and community access to research evidence and information about
- opportunities to influence research and care as complex programmes
- develop methodology for active KMb in multi-sector knowledge spaces in health research and care
- advance theoretical understandings of structures and processes.
- promote the practice and teaching of patient and public involvement as KMb
Looking at how smart technology can support health and welbeing in the community.
- 0 National Institute for Health HSR Programme
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