Raksha Pandya-Wood PhD, MA, BSc

Senior Adviser for Public Involvement and Regional Public Involvement Lead


NIHR Research Design Service, East Midlands
Room 3.35, George Davies Centre,
Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester,
University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
Tel: 0116 252 5412
Email: rpw12@.le.ac.uk


  • Patient and public involvement
  • Evaluating complex interventions
  • Inequalities in health
  • Co-production
  • Implementation science


  • Ethical issues of public involvement at research design stage
  • Evaluating the impact of patient and public involvement on cancer research outcomes


Raksha has taught undergraduate and post graduate level modules in global health and women’s health at De Montfort University (2006-2012) and health research at the University of Leicester (2011- present). Raksha peer reviews for journals and research funders.

Before joining the RDS, Raksha worked in the third sector in various researcher and community worker roles including HIV family support, black and minority ethnic community substance misuse and supporting children and young people living with disabilities to live independently.


  • Pandya-Wood R, Blackburn S, Day R, Ingram C, Hapeshi J, Khan S, Muir D, Baird W 2017. Being a lay co-applicant on national peer reviewed research funding grants, Research Involvement and Engagement, 3(Suppl 1):O8 Abstracts from the NIHR INVOLVE conference London, UK. 28 November 2017
  • Pandya-Wood, R., Barron, D.S. and Elliott, J. 2017. A framework for public involvement at the design stage of NHS health and social care research: time to develop ethically conscious standards. Research involvement and engagement3(1), p.6.
  • Walker, D.M. and Pandya‐Wood, R., 2015. Can research development bursaries for patient and public involvement have a positive impact on grant applications? A UK‐based, small‐scale service evaluation. Health Expectations18(5), pp.1474-1480.
  • Pandya-Wood, R and Robinson, A 2014. ‘Patient and Public Involvement in Your Research’ in Walker D.M. (Ed.) An Introduction to Health Services Research, London, Sage.

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