Public Engagement News and Events

PPI Bristol Summer Newsletter

Fundraising for the BHF today! 

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Paper accepted for INVOLVE Conference

Members of the CTEU have had a paper selected for presentation at the INVOLVE conference, which is due to be held on the 28th November in London. The abstract for the paper, "Challenges, barriers and reflections on success: Implementing PPI across an NIHR Cardio-Vascular Research Centre", has been written with contributions from the local group, and a group member will be attending the conference with Noreen Hopewell-Kelly, our Patient and Public Involvement lead. 

International Clinical Trials Day 2017

The CTEU held a number of events for International Clinical Trials Day 2017, including a stand in Paediatric Outpatients demonstrating Patient and Public Involvement work and showcasing current paediatric research studies. There was also a stand led by Research Nurses in the BHI Atrium, which had 3D heart models as well as study posters.

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Engagement Bites: The Art of Listening: a story of how engagement can enhance research

Giovanni Biglino from the Bristol Heart Institute presented his public engagement story: from staring blankly at a grant application's public engagement box, to being awarded a £200,000 Wellcome Trust engagement grant. From this journey, Giovanni has discovered the value of reflection and listening in engagement and how research can be enhanced, or even formed, by bringing in new voices. 

Logo Competition 

Karen Sheehan (paediatric research nurse) was invited into Severn Beach Primary School to discuss the work of the CV-BRU. The children drew logos for the leaflet and the website that are currently being constructed. The school were delighted to take part and the children were very engaged with the visits and the competition.

The Heart of the Matter

An arts-and-science project underpinned by participatory practice has received support by the Wellcome Trust. This large public involvement endeavour led by artist Sofie Layton with Dr Biglino, and produced by Great Ormond Street Hospital Go Create! and Anna Ledgard in association with Artsadmin, is currently being developed with the team at BHI. A programme of workshops will explore narratives related to heart disease and heart symbolism with patients and members of the public. The project will culminate in 2018 with a UK touring exhibition in London, Bristol and Newcastle.

Preparation for the Feel It Festival

This weekend event, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, will bring together researchers, artists and members of the public to debate the experience of being human, focusing on pain and breathlessness. Dr Giovanni Biglino (Bristol Heart Institute) and artist Sofie Layton will develop an installation to explore the journeys of patients with congenital heart disease. A seminar with a surgeon and bioengineer will discuss the medical context of the installation during the Festival’s opening event.

Big Conversation

Our Paediatric research nurses joined in the ‘Big Conversation’ event that took place over two weeks at Bristol children’s hospital in September 2016. A stand was constructed where children could play games while we introduced our PPI work and involvement opportunities to interested parents.


The CV-BRC continues to use its Twitter account (@BristolBRC) and contributes to the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page and Twitter account (@UHBristolNHS) to engage with the public.