….despite the temptation. Summer means many things for me. One of them is keeping track of the football transfers. Here’s hoping that the Eagles do manage to persuade Ronaldo to South London! The comments that managers make about players never cease to amuse me. One of the most common goes something along the lines of: ‘He’s… Read More Clinician resistance to research may require an arm around the shoulder not a red card
Today the NIHR Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR CRN CC) has published the results of a ‘mystery shopper’ exercise it conducted last year to investigate how well NHS Trusts provide information about clinical research. You may have seen a piece in last Sunday’s Observer which trailed this work and you may hear about it… Read More How your NHS Trust works in mysterious ways when it comes to clinical research
Recently I decided to ‘Follow’ as many of the NHS organisations (Trusts, CCGs etc) as I could find on Twitter. The main reason was that as we ratchet up what we do around the patient access to research agenda in the New Year, I thought it would be good to begin to make connections on… Read More Research in the NHS: I couldn’t put it better than Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CRN CC has today published its clinical research activity report for the final quarter of 2011/12. Some of the data and a good summary of what they mean is also available on The Guardian website. Last year was the first that this sort of information was made widely available. So… Read More Clinical trials activity report for England highlights progress but much work still to be done
So it was an early start for me today, doing radio interviews for International Clinical Trials Day today. I’ll post the links to one or two when available. Here’s the press release from NIHR CRN which was the news peg for the interviews. NEWS RELEASE TEXT (HEADLINE AS ABOVE) The results of a new survey, published on… Read More Survey raises questions over NHS research
The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) today published its report of the meeting it held a few months ago, looking at progress with improving the regulatory of environment for medical research. I blogged about being a panellist at the meeting as you may recall. The report’s conclusions are noteworthy for the second bullet point about public… Read More The Academy reports on research regulation…and a reminder of the Guardian’s Q&A about public involvement
After my little rant yesterday about health research culture and public involvement, it seems only appropriate to share with you the following in the interests of journalistic balance. The latest NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) newsletter, aptly called ‘News from the Network,’ is a special edition featuring in-depth features on the NHS Trusts who were… Read More Pro-research NHS Trusts talk in-depth about their challenges and opportunities
Returned from half-term leave today thinking that I might write about the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) patient experience survey. After a while looking at the results I began to think: is there a good reason why there isn’t a patient ‘out of body experience’ survey conducted and published? It might come closer to the… Read More NHS research up close and personal: ‘Research People’ site tells the stories behind the story
So NIHR CRN CC/The Guardian have today published a league table of how each NHS Trust is performing in research as defined by the number of research studies and the number of patients taking part. I believe this is the first time such a table has been compiled and a thoroughly good thing it is… Read More How’s your NHS Trust doing in the research league tables? Is Leeds the Man City of NHS Research? Does Bridgewater deserve the hairdrier treatment?
Over a half a million members of the British public took part in clinical trials through the NIHR Clinical Trials Research Networks in 2010, a 24% increase on the year before. Those are the Government’s figures, not mine. Last week’s ‘life sciences’ announcement included a range of measures to increase patient recruitment to trials. These include… Read More In defence of the clinical trial patient: a health research ombudsman?
This coming week I am speaking at The Prostate Cancer Charity’s national conference. 20 minutes on public engagement including questions and answers. My first call to action to the audience is likely to be about encouraging patient participation in clinical trials. Compared to five or even one year ago there now seems a great deal… Read More Promoting clinical trial participation
To begin with, here’s more on that Pfizer story about use of mobile phone technology etc in clinical trials. It seems to have piqued an interest among many of you anyway. Also on the subject of clinical trials, I was rather perplexed by this story running out of the NHS Confederation this morning. I’m delighted… Read More ‘Scroll down’ for clinical trials
A piece of good news with which to begin the New Year. PharmaTimes is reporting that the number of patients participating in clinical trials jumped by 67% last year to over half a million (compared to over 300,000 in 2009). The new CEO of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR… Read More More NHS patients participating in UK clinical trials than ever before