We must all sharpen our pencils if we are to burst the biomedical bubble @jameswilsdon @RichardALJones

One good thing about sleepless nights in this weather is the opportunity to catch up on your reading. In the wee small hours of this morning I decided to read a report entitled 'Bursting the Biomedical Bubble' authored by Richard Jones and James Wilsdon and published by the excellent Nesta just two weeks ago. It... Continue Reading →

‘Sticking with it’ – retention issues in public involvement and health research

This week I had the good fortune to be on the judging panel for the NIHR Clinical Research Networks/McPin Foundation/MQ 2018 award for service user and carer involvement in mental health research.  It was a brilliant field to choose from. The winners will be announced very shortly. One of the reasons I readily take up... Continue Reading →

Everyone has an ‘academic’ paper in them so get writing! Call to action. #publicinvolvement @BioMedCentral

'Research Involvement and Engagement' - the first academic journal in the world dedicated to public involvement and engagement in research - just marked its second birthday. HAPPI BIRTHDAY! (I hope you saw what I did there). Under the auspices of the publishing house, BioMed Central, 'Research Involvement and Engagement' has proved quite a success story.... Continue Reading →

When patients help bridge the knowledge gap in health research #clinicaltrials #whywedoresearch #PROMs

This week saw a great editorial by Angela Coulter in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) headlined 'Measuring what matters to patients.'  The underlying story may be summed up as follows. The effectiveness of the care or medicines you and I receive every day has been decided by measuring the things that health professionals and researchers have decided are important. Some of these 'measures'... Continue Reading →

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