The CONNECT Study aims to understand the impact of remote consultations in contraception and sexual health services on health inequalities. The study is organised and sponsored by the University of Birmingham and they are setting up a Study Voices Panel and seeking members of the public. Together with the researchers you will help to:

  • Identify health inequalities in NHS contraception and sexual health services
  • Use your local knowledge to help map where health inequalities exist in your area
  • Identify members of the community with limited access to services
  • Develop strategies for involving underrepresented groups in the research
  • Develop recommendations for ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in future services

They are looking for:

  • Must live in one of the following areas:
    • Birmingham and Solihull
    • Central and North West London: Barnet, Camden, Haringey, Islington
    • South West Wales: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire
  • Everyday people from different backgrounds with a knowledge of the local area
  • Experience or interest in contraception and sexual health services in the local area
  • Knowledge of and/or connections with groups in the local area whose needs are not met as well as other groups
  • A desire to overcome inequalities in access to NHS contraception & sexual health services

Expected commitment from participants:

  • 2-4 online meetings per year (2 hour meetings via Zoom/Microsoft Teams)
  • First meeting planned for mid-December 2023

Commitment to inclusion:

All meetings will be held remotely. Meetings are planned to take place in the evening to account for work/education and will be arranged at a time that suits all panel members

Closing date to apply: 30th November 2023

If you apply for this opportunity please let the organisers know you saw it advertised via Shaping Our Lives. Thank you!

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