Public Engagement Strategy

Our vision:

Engaging publics about the Centre’s world leading research and highlighting its impact and societal implications will be embedded in the Centre structure. Public engagement (PE) is one of its four key aims. PE will inform our research, and enhance our teaching and learning. Every member will be strongly encouraged to take part, underpinned by adequate support. We will look to refine our engagement, building on our experience of public and patient engagement within the existing Centre, to further improve their quality.

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Public Engagement Strategic Aims

We have one main overarching aim which is:

To develop a supportive culture of public engagement with the Centre

We aim to achieve this by:

  1. Enabling publics and patients to inform our research and learning to ensure impact
  2. Engaging public and patients about the Centre’s research to empower them so that they feel more confident to access, use and respond to health research
  3. Working with primary & secondary school-aged children in London, to enthuse and inspire young people about science

Our partners

Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation

ECHO provide support to children and young people with heart conditions from birth to adulthood. They also support their families and carers, their siblings and the wider family. We will work with ECHO and their members in regards to getting feedback from them regarding our research; taking part in their events to showcase our research and taping into their members to be part of our PPI group.

Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London connects art, science and health to drive innovation in the heart of the city. Their programme brings together scientific researchers, students, local communities and artists in surprising and innovative ways. They present three themed seasons every year, incorporating exhibitions, events, performances, live experiments, open discussions and festivals, all with scientific engagement at their core.

Biomedical Research Centre

The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre is a partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is the highest recruiter to clinical studies in England.  The BRC is a part of Department’s of Health accredited King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre. The BRC deliver training in PPI for our researchers and we run collaborative projects to reach young people.


We have a Public Engagement Advisory Board that meet every 4 months. The Board provides advice to the Centre on public engagement and provide new ideas for programme development. Membership and performance of the board will be reviewed annually. We also have a Public Engagement Committee who meet every 3 months, made up of staff and students from within the Centre, to lead on PE and to champion PE within their Department.

Public Engagement in our aligned Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging is championed by our Public Engagement ambassadors. This group represents the student community and provides insights and advice on integrating public engagement into our research culture and practice.

The Public Engagement Manager has a mentor, Kerry Leslie, who offers strategic support.

Public Engagement Advisory Board members:

Bernadette Cronin, Joint Clinical Director, Clinical Imaging and Medical Physics, GSTT  (Chair)
Professor Alexander Hammers, Deputy Director, Academic Lead for PE, Centre for Medical Engineering
Dr Amy Sanders, Head of Research Engagement, Cancer Research UK
Samantha Johnson, CEO, Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation
Katy Stubbs, Public Engagement Manager, Alzheimer’s Research UK
Claire O’Neill, Engagement Lead, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre
Dr Jamie Dorey, Public Engagement Manager, Science Gallery London

Public Engagement Committee members:

Professor Kawal Rhode, Department of Surgical & Interventional Engineering
Dr Samantha Terry, Lecturer in Imaging Chemistry & Biology
Dr Samuel Vennin, Post doc in Biomedical Engineering
Dr Rachel Sparks, Lecturer in Surgical & Interventional Engineering
Dr Stephanie Forkel, Lecturer in Neuroimaging
Dr Ana Babaramani, Research Associate, Perinatal Imaging & Health
Peter Gawne, PhD Researcher in Radiochemistry, Imaging Chemistry & Biology

Public Engagement Ambassadors:

Megan Midson, Samuel Vennin, Jonathan Jackson, Elsa-Marie Otoo, Sophie Morse, Hannah Perry, Aishwarya Mishra, Peter Gawne, Saul Cooper, Madeleine Iafrate.