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.

Rachel Plachcinski

Co-lead on Parent, Patient and Public Involvement

Rachel Plachcinski is a co-applicant on the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care. She works with Charlotte Bevan to ensure the parent perspective is at the heart of NPEU-PRU research projects.

Rachel first became interested in maternity research when she trained as a practitioner with NCT, following the birth of her third son. She went on to complete an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health and then joined NPEU’s INFANT study as a parent representative.

“I have so much respect for how NPEU staff involve user representatives in their work. I was terribly nervous before my first project meeting, back in 2008, but everyone there made me feel very welcome and that my views and experiences were an integral part of what was a really major piece of research.

Charlotte Bevan

Co-lead on Parent, Patient and Public Involvement

Charlotte Bevan is co-applicant on the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare. She works with Rachel Plachcinski to ensure the parent perspective is at the heart of the NPEU-PRU research projects.

Charlotte became involved in maternity research when her first daughter Hope died shortly after birth in 2001. She also works for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity as a senior advisor. She is a member of the MBRRACE-UK and the Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT) collaborations.

“I hope I have turned my own personal experience of losing a baby into something positive by becoming involved in research. The first project I worked on with the NPEU was the Listening to Parents survey; there were two of us on the advisory group, representing families, and it was incredibly rewarding to have our views taken so seriously. Sensitivity was key and it was challenging to design, but the results have gone on to have a major influence on policy and care for women and their families.”

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