Emily Ahmed leads the community/peer researcher programme for Newham Public Health. This is a team of local residents and community members trained in qualitative research skills. The team is currently made up of five Newham community members with Somali, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi and Hindi language skills. They bring many lived experiences and interests and are supported to carry out their own research projects; community insight gathering activities to inform and develop Newham's health and social care services; and research with academic researchers.

Emily is a freelance co-production facilitator, public engagement specialist, qualitative researcher and action learning facilitator and trainer. She has worked for over 25 years within the voluntary and charity sector, NHS, local authority and academia to support community engagement, patient and public involvement and co-production within health and social care services and research. Passionate about valuing lived experience and creating change. Emily has lived experience of chronic pain, joint hyper-mobility and disability, ADHD neurodiversity.

She is also currently working on her PhD at Warwick Medical School, exploring the experiences of power and power sharing in the co-production of health research.

When not co-producing and engaging with people about health and social care, Emily can be found sketch book and paintbrush in hand creating her own artwork.... or splashing about and swimming in pools, ponds and rivers.
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