Professor Simon Ray appointed as MAHSC Interim PPIE Director

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Professor Simon Ray has been appointed as the new MAHSC Interim Director of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE).

Professor Ray, who is an Honorary Professor of Cardiology at The University of Manchester and a Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester, started the role in January for an initial six-month period.

His brief is to better align and integrate the PPIE activities already happening across the MAHSC partnership.

‘PPIE is of fundamental importance to MAHSC’ said Professor Ian Greer, MAHSC Director. ‘Meaningful and robust PPIE is core to our designation as an AHSC, as well as key to successful research grant applications and, in its widest sense, to service and organisational changes within the NHS.

‘There is already great PPIE work happening in MAHSC organisations.  Simon’s role will be to synthesize it into a cohesive strategy that will maximise our assets and the input of local people.’

Since its establishment in 2009, Professor Ray has been at the forefront of MAHSC as a Clinical Lead for the Cardiovascular Domain.  He will continue progressing work in this area alongside his new role.

‘The successful ‘One Manchester’ NIHR BRC and CRF bids demonstrated the effectiveness of a collective approach and I think this methodology can be applied to PPIE’ said Professor Ray. “I am keen to speak with the people in the field and will be holding a meeting in the Spring for interested parties.

‘Through collaboration, we can develop a strategy which will leverage our collective strengths and map out a future delivering benefits for Manchester as a whole, individual organisations and, most importantly, patients.’

Professor Ray’s strong advocacy for PPIE stems from, not only his own professional research, but also his personal involvement on the board of the British Heart Foundation and as chair of a working group of joint cardiac professional societies.

Anyone with an interest or role in PPIE in Greater Manchester can contact Professor Ray at