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Patient and public involvement and engagement lead, research

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Research & Development
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 pa
Salary period
06/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for someone who will put patients and communities at the heart of our research. A creative, engaging leader who can help the public and researchers work together at every stage of the research cycle. 

COVID-19 showed what our teams and the people of Southampton and Wessex can do together. Together they found answers fast. Together they helped deliver new coronavirus tests, drugs and PPE - and the vaccines that paved our way out.

Our growing Southampton Centre for Research Engagement & Impact was key to that. We engage and involve all those with a stake in research, working across our region's communities and organisations. That drives research delivering the most benefit for the most people. 

There's a huge range of projects, activities and relationships to take on and grow. We're intent on expanding and developing. You will join us to lead our PPIE team in this, ensuring the people of our region are engaged, equal partners in all that we do.


Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

You will lead delivery and development of patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) activities for Southampton’s university -hospital partnership. You will also take a leading regional and national role in developing and growing PPIE practice and activity.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Strategic development of PPIE resources, activities and partnerships
  • Driving a culture of open, inclusive involvement across all our, and our partners, work
  • Building PPIE capability and skills through training, mentoring and support programmes
  • Representing Southampton regionally and nationally, actively developing links, collaborations and influence
  • Leading and growing the PPIE team in delivering quality PPIE support, activities and resources

In this role, you will:

  • Work closely with SCREI colleagues, senior researchers, external partners and suppliers
  • Make sure expert input, appropriate PPIE resources and effective use of wider SCREI teams is applied across the research cycle and our portfolio
  • Work across health subjects and disease areas to engage and involve people in our work
  • Be responsible for liaising with research directors, leads and teams to interpret and effectively support strategic and operational needs

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone who can lead strategically and drive projects while ensuring positive, quality support that delivers. You’ll be creative, with strong background in inclusive, meaningful engagement and involvement.  We need your great people skills to grow relationships across our communities, our departments and different organisations.

True involvement can be challenging. We’re looking for you to drive a culture that cuts across agendas to put this at the heart of all we do.

Familiarity with PPIE the NHS R&D, National Institute for Health and Care Research and/or clinical academic environment is desirable. However what you’ll need above all is initiative, a commitment to co-production and demonstrable ability in delivering in complex working environments.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 15th July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Qualification to Masters level, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience, in a relevant field, e.g. patient and public involvement, participatory research, public engagement with science, community engagement, participatory knowledge mobilisation.
  • Leadership or management qualification or equivalent experience in managing teams
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in relevant areas


Essential criteria
  • Proven track record of facilitating patient and/or public involvement, participatory research or co-production activities with various audiences
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in the public involvement agenda and relevant related legislation
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing public involvement and/or engagement business and operational plans
  • Experience of leading, motivating, and developing individuals and teams
  • Experience of managing complex income and expenditure to pre-set budgets
  • Experience of creating reports, including financial and analytical reporting and making presentations
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in hospital or health related public involvement or engagement


Essential criteria
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, data protection, and other relevant regulations
  • Excellent numeracy skills, especially around financial forecasting and reporting
  • Data analysis and the ability to communicate information clearly and simply to a range of audiences
  • Collaborative approach to leadership, bringing people together to achieve success and deliver on objectives
  • Attention to detail with the ability to ensure that all regulatory and legal duties are carried out with accuracy
  • Ability to engage colleagues internally across the organisation and externally across the region to develop enhanced public involvement and engagement with research


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Chris Stock
Job title
Head of Research Engagement & Impact
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