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Side-by-Side network group



Side-by-Side is the name given to a partnership between the Academy of Research and Improvement team and a dedicated group of individuals that give a patient and public perspective to our work.


The group meet regularly to help make sure everything that the team do has a patient perspective embedded at the heart of it.

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So, what does the
Side-by-Side network do?

They take part in research:

  • Influencing research questions and procedures

  • Working alongside researchers and clinical coworkers

  • Shaping how we share research findings

  • Gaining feedback on research projects

They participate in service improvement:
  • Providing services with ideas for improvement

  • Being part of a service Quality Improvement (QI) team

  • Providing the 'patients' point-of-view' in QI projects

  • Developing QI skills and knowledge to help inform projects

  • Supporting other Side-by-Side members with being involved in QI projects

They help to inform Clinical Effectiveness:
  • Using experiences to provide services with ideas for audits and evaluations

  • Offering constructive criticism and providing a patient view at the annual audit planning

  • Helping services to share their evaluations and the impact of change in an accessible, patient friendly way

They influence the Academy's strategy:
  • Reviewing and setting Side-by-Side’s annual objectives

  • Providing practical support to the Academy

  • Being part of interview panels for recruiting new staff

  • Becoming an ambassador for conferences and events

  • Volunteering to support at Academy events

They shape how we communicate:
  • Helping to develop and evolve how we share information

  • Sharing resources, supporting and learning with other Side-by-Side network members

  • Advocating to make information patient and public friendly

  • Capturing and sharing your experiences 

  • Helping to develop newsletters, websites and leaflets

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News + events

Uncertainty Experts - NHS Elect

23 May 2024

2.30pm - 3.30pm

MS Teams

Using people’s experiences to redesign

4 June 2024

1pm - 2pm


QI Café: Patient Participation

25 June 2024

1pm - 1.30pm


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