Just thought I would pass on these two pieces by Candy Morris, Research Champion for the NHS, and Mike Farrar, CEO of the NHS Confederation, respectively, about the importance of public involvement in the NHS.
Candy’s article appears in the Department of Health’s regular bulletin ‘The Month,’ and focuses on public involvement in clinical research. The link seems to be a little unreliable but keep trying as it is a good read. Mike’s article in The Guardian looks at public involvement in the wider NHS and he rehearses some favoured themes of his, not least the need for greater openness and transparency.
It is good to see two leaders who I very much respect put their views on public involvement in writing. Their commitment has been reflected in the organisations they have run. Last week a colleague from the NHS Confederation was telling me that they are looking to do a lot more work in this area and that would have been unthinkable not so long ago. It has also been noticeable since Mike - he of the NW Exemplar of course -took over at the ‘Confed’ how much more it has done to focus on research issues.
We need more of this from others.
I’m pondering writing a piece in the next day or so sharing some worries I have about learning and development in PPI, particularly the seense I have that we are paying little atention to helping develop the public involvement leaders and colleagues of the future. Would welcome comments and thoughts while I put the piece together.