Public involvement in research celebrated in short film launched by the BHF Data Science Centre

08 Dec 2023

In a new short film celebrating the importance of public involvement in data research, long-standing public contributor, Kelvin Pitman talks about his involvement with the BHF Data Science Centre, the power of sharing data and the incredible impact this can have on research.

The BHF Data Science Centre has placed patients and the public at the heart of its work since its launch in 2020.

The Centre’s Oversight Board includes strategic level partners, health professionals, and crucially, a member of the public who can offer that vital voice of patients. Since 2020, as the public contributor on the board, Kelvin provided fundamental, strategic advice ensuring that patients and the public are at the forefront of discussions.

Kelvin has now sadly stepped down from his role after three remarkable years.

“Hopefully I’ve helped encourage patients to get involved, I’ve helped clinicians to get involved with patients and I hope I’ve been able to move on understanding of the way in which data is being used.”

Kelvin Pitman

To celebrate Kelvin’s outstanding contribution to the Centre he was invited to co-produce a short film which depicts his involvement journey, the importance of involving the public and how health data can shape cardiovascular research, and crucially, care, to help patients and their families.

This short film is a testament to the valuable contribution members of the public have on health data research.

‘Our research relies on the valuable input of the public, ensuring it’s ethical, appropriate, and focused on the patient benefit. Kelvin’s contributions have been significant and will inspire others to get involved in data research.’

Samaira Khan, PPIE Manager

The BHF Data Science Centre thanks Kelvin for his support, expertise and time over the last few years and we wish him the very best for the future.

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