Megan Barlow-Pay joined RDS South Central in August 2014 as a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Officer. She has since developed extensive expertise in the area of Public Involvement through working on a wide range of projects both regionally, nationally and internationally. She advises, facilitates and reviews Public Involvement in grant applications, as well as working to ensure delivery of long term Public Involvement strategy both within the RDS and regionally. In addition to her RDS role, Megan is undertaking a part time MSc in Public Health at Southampton University. She has a particular interest in Global Health, specifically the use of community based approaches to help address and alleviate health inequalities in developing countries.
She is involved in community work through volunteering as a mentor for Young Offenders within restorative justice programmes, and was a panel member of the Hampshire NHS Research Ethics Committee for a year.
Before living in Southampton Megan was based in Brighton where she spent several years running an art gallery. She is motivated by working in areas that are socially meaningful; and feels that PPI plays a fundamental role in improving health research, health delivery, and ultimately improving the health and wellbeing of the population.