Meet our PPI Committee

The role of the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is to provide oversight, input and advise on the development and coordination of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in the activities conducted by NIHR Surgical MedTech Cooperative and to act as a ‘critical friend’.

The aims of the PPI Committee

  • To facilitate a shared understanding of patient and public involvement in research and help to develop consistency across the NIHR Surgical MedTech Cooperative themes.
  • To identify, discuss and address issues of common concern and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.
  • To facilitate access to support and resources that are available from INVOLVE and other PPI group member organisations.
  • To exchange ideas, strengthen skills and share examples of good practice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide advice and guidance as appropriate to the NIHR Surgical MIC.
  • Develop appropriate policies to support the development of PPI for NIHR Surgical MIC.
  • Provide advice on issues that affect end users.
  • Provide a mechanism via which requests for updates and/or attendance at meetings can be channelled.
  • Provide a forum for discussion of progress.
  • Guide the development of recommendations for further work.


Hazel Patel

Public Contributor to research who communicates proficiently and confidentially across all mediums with close attention to detail. Networker who enjoys building relationships, exploring cultures and negotiating across all levels. International exposure particularly to  Southern Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East with some focus on low and medium  income countries. Research project involvement from design through the cycle to dissemination and implementation.  Succinct, flexible and committed to continuing personal  development whilst retaining the outlook and mind set of a member of the public at all times. A Public Reviewer, and member of funding committees/advisory panels, who always endeavours to present  the patient and public perspective, encourage practical outcomes, actively commit to diversity and inclusion, and strive to make a positive impact on public health.


Maureen Naylor

Having had a history of ulcerative colitis for many years I joined West Yorkshire Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association (WYIA) and became WRIA committee member.  I attended a course in “listening skills” and started visiting and supporting patients, in hospital or in their home, who had, or were about to have, surgery for the removal of their large bowel.  I also attained an “AQA Counselling Skills for IA visitor” certificate.  I became a member of the Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions (ETP) Patient and Public User Group. Later to be called the Electronic Prescription Service. (EPS)


Rebecca Harmston

I am a scientist with a background in biochemistry, life sciences and cancer research. For the past six years I have specialized in patient involvement in health and medical research.   I have extensive experience in advising academics and medical professionals from a patient or lay member perspective. My patient involvement experience includes ethics, guidance development, quality standards, steering and advisory groups, diagnostics, technology appraisal and reviewing.  I also review research applications for i4i, Research for Patient Benefit, Cochrane Reviews, the British Medical Journal, Health Research Wales and the Policy Research Programme.


Philip Bell

Dr Philip Bell (Non Medical Doctorate PPI Lead): Is highly experienced in PPI and sits on several Trial Steering Committees, including Med Tech, Pharma and Policy Research Units as well as funding boards for NIHR and is a public panel member of MRC. He has acted as facilitator on PPI Meetings at various conferences and focus groups. Recently he has been asked as a first by NICE to join as an Expert Lay Member of the Managing Covid 19 Scoping and Guidelines Committee. He has also co-authored several publications on PPI. Although living in Wales he has PPI interests in all four nations.


Manoj Mistry

I have over 30 years’ experience as a ‘family carer’ and hence extensive experience of dealing with NHS health professionals.  My key attributes include high analytical ability, very strong research capability, excellent communication and listening skills, high team-working ability (but I can also work independently) whilst being non-judgemental and very patient in nature. I have the ability to understand both academic and clinical information, and I can communicate in a professional manner (written and verbal) to a wide range of people.