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2017 Speakers & Chairs

The NHS R&D Forum are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be presenting sessions at the 2017 Annual NHS R&D Forum Conference in Manchester on the 15th & 16th May 2017.

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Dr Virginia Minogue

Job Title: Research lead, Commissioning Strategy Directorate
Organisation: NHS England


Dr Virginia Minogue is the Knowledge, Research and Evidence lead for the FFF programme and research lead for NHS England. She has several years experience of management in the public sector and as Chair of a voluntary sector mental health organisation with an active service user involvement project. She has a first degree in Behavioural Sciences, a Masters in Policy Studies and a PhD in Politics and Public Administration. She started her professional career in the criminal justice system training as a probation officer. She worked for a number of years in the Probation Service as a probation officer, family court welfare officer, researcher, and manager developing a specific interest in mental health and partnership working. Following this she became a Senior Lecturer in Community Justice. She joined the NHS in 2000 as a research fellow subsequently becoming Research and Development manager and then the Head of the West Yorkshire Mental Health Research and Development Consortium. It was during this time that Virginia became conscious of the need to improve the dissemination of research and development activity and also increase the opportunities for new and novice researchers to publish their work. The Mental Health and Learning Disability Research and Practice journal was borne out of the desire to increase the accessibility of mental health and learning disability research and provide the opportunity to publish to a broad audience.

From 2008 to 2013, before joining NHS England, Virginia worked as a programme lead for one of the DH regional programmes and then as Deputy Director of a joint commissioning unit. Throughout her career, she has retained an interest in teaching and has supervised dissertation students at Masters level, taught courses on Social work practice learning, offender health, Research Methods, Public involvement, Research Governance and ethics, Psychology, Social Policy, and Policy in practice.

One of Virginia’s specific areas of interest is patient and public involvement in research and service development and planning. She has worked particularly closely with patients and carers throughout her time in the NHS, involving them at all levels of the research agenda and having three patient and carer research assistants in her team. She has published a number of papers in this area and delivered training to service users and carers through the NIHR CRN. As well as being a member of the NHS RD Forum Executive Group, she is co-facilitator for the Service User and Carer working group that, amongst other initiatives, has coordinated the development of the Involvement Portfolio and a user led training programme. In recent years, she has had personal experience as a carer and has published an article about that experience.

In 2014, she was a member of the review panel for the Breaking Boundaries Review of public involvement in research commissioned by the NIHR. She is a member of the NIHR Patient Research Ambassador Initiative Advisory Group. She is a reviewer for the NIHR HS&DR programme and for a number of journals.

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