First Night Theatre Review: People are Messy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #publicinvolvement 

On Wednesday night I travelled to Oxford to see one of the first public performances of a new play about public involvement in health research called ‘People are Messy.’ The play – aimed at young people – has been produced by the Theatre of Debate with the support of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre… Read More First Night Theatre Review: People are Messy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #publicinvolvement 

Top-tips for involving young people in research and other brilliant resources @GenrYPAGs

Is it me or is 2016 ‘full-on’ or what? It is as if someone has put something in our water supply. It’s nearly February already. My good colleagues in public involvement are hitting the sort of productivity levels last seen in a Japanese car factory in the 1990s. Yesterday I blogged about two new ‘manuals’… Read More Top-tips for involving young people in research and other brilliant resources @GenrYPAGs

Blog: Have you ever knowingly been oversold PPI in research? Then, there’s help at hand #howtoinvolve

I didn’t think so. Do you get those nagging calls about PPI? It’s usually early evening. Sometimes it is a recorded voice message. Sometimes a text. Very occasionally it is a real person from the unreal environment of a call centre. Unfortunately they are all contacting me about that other PPI – yes, Payment Protection… Read More Blog: Have you ever knowingly been oversold PPI in research? Then, there’s help at hand #howtoinvolve

Patients wanted to talk about public involvement in surgical trials #PIRRIST @joannacrocker

I’ve been helping colleagues get this study off the ground so would appreciate your help either in spreading the word or by contributing directly. As follows. ….Are you currently involved in a surgical research trial? If so we need your help! We are looking for patient or lay advisers, partners or representatives to take part… Read More Patients wanted to talk about public involvement in surgical trials #PIRRIST @joannacrocker

Mary Poppins no longer has the answers in medicine – for either doctor or patient 

It is said that when Robert Sherman sat down to write ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ he was inspired by his children’s tale of being given their polio vaccine on a sugar cube. The iconic song from Mary Poppins, lyrically captures a moment in time when the relationship between society, medicine and research was a more… Read More Mary Poppins no longer has the answers in medicine – for either doctor or patient 

There’s nothing wrong in being a poster child for public involvement @bournemouthuni

The small things in life can tell us much about how the world is changing. Whether it’s commuters carrying bottles of water. Or the papers left on trains at the end of a journey. What might such tell-tale signs of cultural change be, when it comes to public involvement? Is it the fact that public involvement… Read More There’s nothing wrong in being a poster child for public involvement @bournemouthuni

From ‘spacewalking’ patients to Bowie, the literature on public involvement in research reached new Peakes this week

It’s one of the hardest things they will have to do.  It is physically and mentally draining.  For many it will feel a lonely place.  The atmosphere will be unlike anything they have ever experienced before. Some will feel as if they are in a state of suspended animation. Others will feel as if they have leapt off a cliff… Read More From ‘spacewalking’ patients to Bowie, the literature on public involvement in research reached new Peakes this week

The devil’s in the manual – health research regulation and public involvement @HRA_Latest

When I was growing up I used to help my Dad do DIY around the house.  Our perennial companion was a thick, hard-bound manual with step-by-step guides on how to do anything and everything.  No job was too big or too small for it.  From replacing a chimney stack to changing a plug. Dad passed… Read More The devil’s in the manual – health research regulation and public involvement @HRA_Latest

There is indeed method in our ‘madness’ – being METHODICAL about public involvement

Polonius: [Aside] Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t. Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 193–206 If you are in some way connected to public involvement in health research then you get used to ‘the look.’ Sometimes it’s a vacant stare or a gaze falling slowly across the face like the sun going down.  In other instances… Read More There is indeed method in our ‘madness’ – being METHODICAL about public involvement

Opening up clinical research to the masses – new online learning course

I thought this was worth sharing…. The University of Leeds, Future Learn, National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) and the CPD Certification Service have launched a free online course about how clinical research works. And it’s going hot cakes with 8000 people having already signed up since its launch on 3nd… Read More Opening up clinical research to the masses – new online learning course

Babraham Institute pins down public attitudes to basic science

Public dialogue exercises can come across a bit like the public engagement version of a ‘lock-in.’  They are undoubtedly enjoyable – for all concerned including the participants.  However, there can be a feeling that people are being force-fed information until they recant their ways! That said, this tool (of choice, for many) is a useful way of exploring people’s views on issues in-depth and over… Read More Babraham Institute pins down public attitudes to basic science

For what it’s worth: a few brief one-liners on the #NurseReview

Just been reading the Nurse Review of the Research Councils which was delivered to the Government this week a bit like your newspaper is delivered to your hotel room, silently and under the door. The Review’s terms of reference are admittedly narrow. But you’ve got to wonder about a Review: Where half the Foreword is… Read More For what it’s worth: a few brief one-liners on the #NurseReview

Blog: How do we stop public involvement in research from becoming a ‘nation of advisory groups?’

We are a ‘nation of shopkeepers.’ So said Napoleon (allegedly), disdainfully about the English, twisting the words of the political philosopher, Adam Smith. You could be forgiven for saying the same about public involvement in research. Sometimes it feels as if the ‘advisory group’ – in all its guises – has become ubiquitous across health… Read More Blog: How do we stop public involvement in research from becoming a ‘nation of advisory groups?’

Research is for LIFE not just for….

What a shame that the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has pulled the plug on the LIFE study. See: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/01/life-study-esrc-cancelled-mothers-ethnic-recruitment Also: http://www.nature.com/news/massive-uk-baby-study-cancelled-1.18650 Launched only last year, the aim of this research was to recruit thousands of mothers and collect data about their babies as they grew up. Such work is really important in helping… Read More Research is for LIFE not just for….