DIAMONDS VOICE 
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DIAMONDS VOICE is the Patient and Public Involvement panel that has been formed to assist with, and act in an advisory role to, the DIAMONDS research programme. DIAMONDS VOICE will ensure meaningful service user and carer input into all aspects of the research.

The aims of DIAMONDS VOICE are to:
  • help prioritise questions for research
  • develop and test ideas that may help improve diabetes management and care
  • provide input on research methods and materials
  • interpret and disseminate research findings
DIAMONDS VOICE reports to the Research Group via the PPI representative, who attends both meetings,.and to the PPI Research Advisory Group at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Membership

There are 4 to 20 service user and carer representatives, and members should have experience of living with or caring for someone with a severe mental illness who also has or may be at risk of developing diabetes. There are at least two service users and two carers on DIAMONDS VOICE at all times, and the panel is chaired by co-ordinator Angie Ross and DIAMONDS research fellow Sue Bellass.

Meetings

Meetings are held three times a year in the Leeds/ Bradford area for between two and three hours. Refreshments are provided and travel expenses are paid to panel members. Read about our recent celebration event here.

How can I get involved?

We are always looking for new members for DIAMONDS VOICE. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about what is involved please contact the co-ordinator Angela Ross at ppihealthresearch@gmail.com or 
Sue Bellass, Research Fellow, at sue.bellass@york.ac.uk or on 01904 321679.

No experience is necessary and we give a warm welcome to new members.

Lifespan of the Panel

It is expected that the Panel will remain in existence for the lifespan of the programme (5 years), and members can step down from the Panel at any time without giving reasons.