Present: 11 participants, 3 researchers and 1 member of the EPIC4 clinic staff, 6 apologies.
Two potential new members were welcomed to the meeting and an additional new member had sent apologies to this meeting but will attend the next.
Members enjoyed a very interesting presentation by one of the EPIC research team entitled: The EPIC-Norfolk Third Health Check (3HC) Eye Data. All agreed that this talk was extremely well delivered and very enlightening.
A previous request by members regarding an amendment to study documentation was discussed following advice from an expert in the field and Panel members were also given an update on EPIC permission and consent.
Panel members were informed that a 20th Anniversary brochure will be sent to EPIC participants. Some of the contributions from members forwarded following the last meeting will be included and thanks were given for these. In addition to this, the possibility of a public meeting is being investigated and members will be kept informed of developments.
Panel members who have already attended the EPIC Fourth Health Check provided feedback of their experiences and report that they enjoyed the appointment.
The EPIC research team also thanked members for agreeing to the additional involvement in a study looking at public and patient involvement in research. We are very pleased that Panel member involvement has been acknowledged and that the EPIC approach to involving participants in this way may well influence others to do the same.
An overview of the EPIC activity at the Cambridge Science Festival was then provided and it was reported that the stand had been very busy over the two days.
Finally, members were encouraged to advise the team of any requested items for the agenda at future meetings.
Future meeting dates were discussed.