Prof Niro Siriwardena joined several other speakers and around 80 delegates presenting to an online audience at the first event of the ‘Improving inclusion in health and care research ‘ series, tco-created by the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund, The Nuffield Trust and Health Services Research UK in September 2021.
Other speakers at the event were Ghazala Mir, Associate Professor at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences and Inequalities Research Network, Oli Jones, Peer Researcher and Public Involvement in Research Officer at the McPin Foundation, Radoš Keravica, Postgraduate Researcher at the Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds, Lynn Laidlaw, Patient Co-investigator at the University of Manchester and Rohini Mathur, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Niro presented on ‘Equality impact assessment in research’ developed at the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands, where he is director of research. Equality impact assessment is a process involving analysis and practical implementation that helps project teams to ensure that different people’s needs will be and are being
met and aims to ensure consideration given to fairness, flexibility and differential impact to ensure equal opportunity. Project teams are asked to assess whether in relation to inclusion and impact the research has the potential for positive, negative, no or unknown impact and researchers are asked to consider how the study can be
(re)designed to ensure positive impact.
Examples of how this process had been used in the ‘Ambulance hypos can strike twice’ and ‘Community first responders in the current and future healthcare workforce’ studies led by CaHRU. There was an opportunity for breakout discussions with delegates.
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