Co-lead on Parent, Patient and Public Involvement, PRU-MNHC NPEUPPI@npeu.ox.ac.uk
Rachel Plachcinski is a co-applicant on the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care (PRU-MNHC). She works with Charlotte Bevan to ensure the parent, patient and public perspective is at the heart of NPEU's PRU-MNHC research projects.
A former journalist, Rachel became interested in maternity research when she trained to run antenatal courses 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.
Rachel is now an independent consultant on parent, patient and public involvement, supporting researchers and service user representatives in working together. She is a member of the Public Advisory Board for Health Data Research UK; the Cochrane Consumer Network Executive; the UKMidSS Steering Group, NPEU, and a Research Fellow at City, University of London.
Current projects include: Implications of time of day and day of the week for the outcome of birth (City, University of London); MIDAS: a study to determine the feasibility of a randomised trial of different techniques for managing an impacted fetal head at emergency caesarean section (Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit); and the POOL Study: establishing the safety of waterbirth for mothers and babies: A cohort study with nested qualitative component (University of Cardiff).