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Our aim is to provide evidence for policy and practice for the health and wellbeing of mothers, their babies and their families.

Led by the NPEU at the University of Oxford, we are a team of experts in the fields of maternal and newborn health research, with collaboration from the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester and Cardiff, as well as Imperial College and University College, London. Our Parent, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPPIE) work is led by two lay co-leads, who are part of the core team and ensure PPPIE is at the heart of our work.

Our programme of work began in January 2019, funded by the Policy Research Programme at the Department of Health and Social Care (England) via the National Institute for Health Research. Known as the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care (PRU-MNHC), our work directly affects government and NHS policy and practice around caring for mothers and babies.

PRU-MNHC Management Team

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Prof Fiona Alderdice
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)
Nuffield Department of Population Health
University of Oxford
Old Road Campus

01865 617901


Parent, Patient and Public Involvement (PPPI) is at the heart of our vision for the PRU-MNHC. It is essential that our work reflects what mothers, fathers, partners and families want to know, and ensuring this happens is embedded in every aspect of strategy and delivery. Rachel Plachcinski and Charlotte Bevan are our Joint Leads on PPPI. They co-chair our annual PPPI Stakeholder Network meetings, and support wider stakeholder engagement in influencing both our overall strategy and individual projects throughout the programme. Through our PPPI strategy we aim to ensure mothers, fathers, partners and families, and organisations representing them, shape the work of the PRU-MNHC by helping us make decisions about what's important. Reflecting their ideas, opinions and experiences in our work means we can produce high quality, inclusive research that's meaningful to families.

Find out more about our PPPI work