Meet the team

Patient Involvement (PI) also known as Patient Public Involvement PPI) is one of NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber's key principles and is embedded within our CLAHRC. 

The PPI work is supported by a team of people who we are linked to and can seek advice from. 

Please contact if you have any queries regarding PI within CLAHRC. 

Professor Ade Adebajo
Ade is a consultant rheumatologist as well as being heavily involved in research and education. He has been involved for many years in patient and public engagement for the Arthritis Research Campaign and is currently a board member of the Arthritis Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) as well as the Department of Health and IHR INVOLVE (a not-for-profit organisation of public participation specialists). As a member of the Core Team, Ade's role is to facilitate and promote patient and public involvement (PPI) across CLAHRC YH. He also provides strategic linkages with key PPI partnerships such as the RDS, CLRN as well as external PPI partnerships with other CLAHRCs and with organisations such as 

Dr Christine Smith
Christine studied Catering and Applied Nutrition as an undergraduate, and then focused on Human Nutrition as a MMedSci student.Her PhD in nutrition and the skeletal development of premature infants was undertaken in the University of Sheffield Medical School (Dept of Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry) and graduated in 2000. Following a post-doc period during which she studied the long term skeletal consequences of premature birth. Christine then moved to Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2004, where her role was to facilitate research in the Trust and increase research capacity. As part of this role Christine linked to University of Sheffield, ScHARR as Hon Research Fellow.Christine's personal research interests are obesity, particularly in the context of NHS service provision, applied research (and its implementation) in Primary and Secondary Care and the evaluation of complex programmes. Christine works closely with the CLAHRC and supports the PPI working within Themes. 

Daniel Lawrence
Dan is a Clinical Research Coordinator and PPI Lead for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

His role involves developing Sheffield’s Clinical Research Profile

Dan supports STH researchers to set up patient panels and design public involvement within your grant applications.

 We are also directly linked to and share information with: 

  • NIHR local Strategic Localism PPI Group
  • The National PPI in CLAHRC group (PPIC)

We would like to thank the following colleagues who continue to support Patient and Public Involvement work of  NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber

(LtoR) Bernadette Hardware, Jill Thompson and the Consumer Research Advisory Group (CRAG) who were based at Barnsley Hospital.