The England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) – at Canterbury Christ Church University – is a national centre for interdisciplinary, participatory research, practice development & innovation for health and social care located in the beautiful city of Canterbury. We are committed to promoting a culture which keeps people at the heart of everything we do encouraging colleagues across health and social care to share their experiences and expertise. We achieve this by working collaboratively with clinicians, service users, charities, commissioners, policy makers, professional regulators, other university researchers, creative artists and therapists at regional, national and international level.

THE ECPD are building an international community of practitioner researchers focused on collaborative participatory research, development and innovation that directly benefits person-centered safe and effective care for patients and service users.This collaborative endeavour will enable the community fellows to be more influential in how we demonstrate and measure these improvements in a way that has the greatest meaning to patients, carers, healthcare providers and commissioners, shaping the quality of future health and care services, influencing policy and informing professional practice.