Victoria’s background is in retail, hospitality and welfare to work management and training. She has lived experience of being disabled, accessing primary, secondary and social care for herself and as a carer for a friend. She has been involved in PPIE work since leaving employment in 2016 due to the impact of multiple long term health conditions.
She got involved in PPIE through a close friend and joined her on the Voice Research Support Group providing feedback to researchers on their projects. This involvement has grown over the past few years and she is now an NIHR research champion, a co-applicant with ADMISSION, a PPI member for a number of individual studies as well as being the PPI representative for the NIHR MLTC CNC.
She works with the North East and North Cumbria ARC and Fuse (the North East Universities translational research collaborative) as a public contributor chairing meetings and hosting the Fuse podcast. She is a member of the North East and Yorkshire Research for Patient Benefit funding committee, the Editorial Board for the NIHR evidence alerts, the strategic planning group for the CRNCC and is a contributor to CNTW strategic PPI group.
She says “I love being involved in research and believe that including the patient perspective is essential in ensuring research can truly benefit the people that it is designed to help. It helps me to manage my own health conditions by making me feel that I am contributing to society when I am unable to go back to my previous employment due to my health conditions. I want to use my personal experiences with health and social care to benefit society and help other people in similar situations to myself.”