NHIP broadens horizons with new PPIE appointment

Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP) welcome Kasia Kurowska as Head of Public Partnership.

This new role will have responsibility for strategically leading public partnership activities for NHIP and the Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) within Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Kasia joins us with a wealth of knowledge, including four years as the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Manager for three NIHR Infrastructure organisations in Newcastle, where she helped them to create the right environment and culture for people to be involved in their health research.

Kasia is passionate about supporting people to have a voice and getting them involved to make a difference on the issues that matter to them.

Working in multiple large health charities within the region, she has involved and empowered people to be part of service design with commissioners to create much needed local community support services, including dementia services and children’s mental health services.

Most recently as PPIE Manager, she has navigated her way through challenging the norms when it comes to PPIE in health research, creating a positive culture for people to get more involved. This included the commissioning of an innovative project called Multiverse Lab during the pandemic to diversify the voices heard in health research.

Kasia said:

“People and patient benefit are at the heart of everything that we do in health research and I am excited that this new role is going to ensure public involvement is an integral part of the health research cycle.

“I am thrilled to support the partnership in developing the right conditions for involving a diverse range of people so we know the results of our health research will make a difference and ultimately lead to healthier lives for everyone.”

Hannah Powell, NHIP Chief Operating Officer, said:

“We are delighted to have Kasia join us at NHIP, to maximise cross-organisation PPIE activities through collaborative working.

“We’re particularly looking forward to Kasia getting more patients and the citizens involved in health research – to shape service design and projects that directly impact them.”

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