The Medical Research Council (MRC) has published a refreshed communications and engagement strategy.
There is a section on public involvement on P12 of the document which is the fullest narrative I have seen of their corporate intentions around this aspect of working in partnership with the public.
It is a good document and important to have in the public domain. But I wish the public involvement part had a bit more ‘oomph’ in making a stronger commitment to involving the public in strategic and operational decision-making by the MRC. Also that it appeared earlier in the document and as part of the main strategic aims.
That might help to counter the views some people hold that the MRC’s default way of working with the public is to broadcast high quality
information. For the fact is that there are many excellent examples from the root and branch parts of the organisation which demonstrate how its researchers increasingly see what they do as a joint venture with patients and the public.
The MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL has, for instance, produced a set of stunning new videos about all aspects of public involvement including this one.
The strategy does these activities a slight disservice by underselling their importance to the overall strategy of the MRC. However, it does mark a degree of progress.
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