Public involvement will be crucial to new NIHR ARCs and the research implementation agenda #CLAHRCs #ARCs @OfficialNIHR @NIHRINVOLVE @ClahrcP

It doesn't matter where you are in the world patients and carers have the same questions about research. This week I am in Sydney, Australia, at the invitation of the Australia Dementia Forum hosted by the National Institute for Dementia Research.  It has been a fascinating two days. Most of all I have enjoyed meeting … Continue reading Public involvement will be crucial to new NIHR ARCs and the research implementation agenda #CLAHRCs #ARCs @OfficialNIHR @NIHRINVOLVE @ClahrcP

Ex-offenders take up mantle as peer researchers in pioneering @PenCLAHRC study

This is an excellent example of service users being involved in a study as 'peer researchers' and deserves attention beyond the readership of the Plymouth Herald. Engager II might sound like the name of a spaceship but it's actually the name of a study which intends to look at the mental health issues faced by prisoners … Continue reading Ex-offenders take up mantle as peer researchers in pioneering @PenCLAHRC study

Blog: Local leadership in public involvement in research shows the way

The massive restructuring of UK clinical research according to new, local boundaries is a regular topic on this blog. My recent post about whether research was ready for the new localism prompted quite a response.   I doubted then the willingness of new organisations in this transformation to involve the patient voice. The associated engineering works to … Continue reading Blog: Local leadership in public involvement in research shows the way

Is UK health research ready for localism?

A glance at the events already confirmed in my diary for 2014 tells you everything you need to know about the priorities this year compared to last. Events hosted by one or more of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Care and Research (CLAHRCs) and new Local Clinical Research … Continue reading Is UK health research ready for localism?

Building ‘research active’ communities for a healthier population: a clear mission for CLAHRCs, AHSNs, LCRNs

I am in Alberta, Canada.  I have been invited over to share the UK's experiences in developing public involvement in research.  As ever, it is the similarities and not the differences between our two experiences that strike you on a visit like this. More about those another time. My good friend, Derek Stewart, yesterday wrote an excellent blog with his … Continue reading Building ‘research active’ communities for a healthier population: a clear mission for CLAHRCs, AHSNs, LCRNs

NIHR Friday: CLAHRCs Selection Panel announced plus NIHR Journals Library opens

I was just going to tweet this but since it is in a downloadable pdf and not actually on the face of NIHR's website, I thought it would be helpful to post it - the membership of the Collaboration in Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Selection Panel: Professor Huw Davies (Chair) Co-Head of … Continue reading NIHR Friday: CLAHRCs Selection Panel announced plus NIHR Journals Library opens

Keep track of your medicines with ‘My Medication Passport’ c/o NW London CLAHRC

I seem to be visiting more CLAHRCs (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) next week than in all my time as a boy looking for new school shoes.  One of the CLAHRCs unfortunate enough to be visited by me is Northwest London. They've just launched a brilliant new tool to help patients … Continue reading Keep track of your medicines with ‘My Medication Passport’ c/o NW London CLAHRC

New stuff!..Dementia ‘infokit’, ‘Building Research Partnerships,’ CLAHRC Q&As, AHSNs and ABPI

Top initiatives today..... Care to learn to care better.   The NIHR Dementia & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) today launched their new 'Patients in Research' infokit.  It's an excellent free resource showcasing work from across health and social care, stories, ideas, tips and tools.  This great piece of kit is all part of a larger effort … Continue reading New stuff!..Dementia ‘infokit’, ‘Building Research Partnerships,’ CLAHRC Q&As, AHSNs and ABPI