Positive Practice Awards
Positive Practice Awards

Angie Culham

Shining Star - Non-Staff

Gold

Angie received our Gold award in recognition of her research involvement, her personal development, and for openly sharing her experiences of taking part in research for the benefit of others.

Angie is an Expert by Experience who works alongside our Research and Development Team. 

She has gone from strength to strength, not only in terms of her contribution to research involvement but her personal development. 

Angie has been involved as a Lived Experience Advisory Member in Kathy Greenwood’s SlowMo study and Mark Haywood’s GiVE study.

Over the last two years, Angie’s confidence, skills and contribution has grown considerably and she has:

  • Appeared on the BBC’s One Show as a SlowMo ambassador
  • Represented the study at national meetings (where the other sites are represented)
  • Become a peer researcher
  • Been part of the group that has developed the coding framework for SlowMo’s qualitative interviews
  • Become a member of the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Lived Experience Advisory Forum
  • Become an National Institute of Health Research PPI ambassador
  • Attended research seminars
  • Become a member of other study panels
  • Appeared in our research film 

Angie’s nominator said: ‘As a result of Angie’s continuing work and in recognition for her contribution, Angie was awarded the Ruth Chandler Award 2018. Her warmth and enthusiasm encourages others to get involved too. Given that Angie is a confirmed technophobe, Angie asked if she could present at the recent Research Network conference about the year that she has had since winning the award. Angie developed and delivered her own presentation to the conference and there was not a dry eye in the audience.

‘To me Angie really is a shining star, someone to look up to and admire - she leads by example, she hasn’t let her lived experience of mental health issues stop her living her life, she is forging ahead and making a difference not only to her own life but to others. She shows that you can live with mental health issues, and you really can make a positive difference to the lives of others.’

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