5 thoughts on “A town hall meeting in Camden held a mirror up to public engagement British style and it wasn’t pretty

  1. Absolute sense Simon. Sounds so easy but ultimately it needs resource. Resource. Resource. Resource. Not masses but some. Human resource and a bit of dosh behind it. Town halls have to be hired etc etc. So the one thing missing from this is the same old barrier – financial commitment – a challenge from you to all to put their money where there mouth is! Ugly the truth isn’t it?

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    1. Yes, you are right. The stubborn resistance of Govt to put decent resource behind this sort of thing is a constant source of frustration to me. Read my next piece on data and it will be a theme of this too.

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  2. […] Recently our London YPAG group was invited to participate in the ‘AWARE for ALL’ event at the Camden Centre (basically a local town hall), which is in the same borough of London where our London YPAG is based. This was organized by an American organization, the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), which is a nonprofit organisation founded for the purpose of educating the public, patients, the media, and policy makers in order to promote greater understanding and awareness of the clinical research process. This was their first foray over to England, they have run similar events to this in America for a number years. This event in particular aimed to provide education and empower the audience to make informed decisions about their health. The audience was made up of local residents, and people involved in healthcare – our colleague Simon Denegri gave the keynote talk and covered the event well in a recent blog post. […]

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  3. […] Keynote speaker Simon Denegri, National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research, NIHR & Chair, INVOLVE, described this classic Town Hall style meeting of everyday people talking about clinical research as “open, democratic, [and] engaging.” … “It really felt like we were being encouraged to gather and talk about research whatever our perspective. Not to be lectured at,” he continued in his post-event blog post. […]

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