Feedback was given on the changes made (previously recommended by the Panel) to the EPIC-Norfolk Summer Newsletter and the EPIC Fourth Health Check (4HC) Participant Information Sheet. The suggested alterations had been extremely useful and of particular importance as together the two documents will provide the initial approach to EPIC participants for the 4HC.
Discussion then centred on the possible Panel involvement in a research study (RAPPORT Study) which is to be conducted under a joint collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and the University of East Anglia. This study aims to investigate the role of public involvement within research and the EPAP Panel was invited to take part as one of the case studies. The study will last for 18 months and the Panel activity during this time will be observed. All Panel members were enthusiastic about participating.
Finally, Nichola Dalzell presented a concise overview of the evolution of the EPIC study, from the First Health Check (1HC) through to the planning and practical issues of the fourth. This presentation was followed by a final question and answer session, before the meeting concluded.
Members then discussed meeting times and dates for convenience to the majority, whilst accepting that no one date allowed total participation for all members.
Next meeting planned for the autumn.