The post-Brexit liberalisation of #clinicaltrials could be the way to a bolder ambition for the UK

There is much post-Brexit talk of using our new-found political independence to liberalise clinical trials in the U.K. We can cut ourselves free of all that terrible EU red-tape that has weighed us down. Or so the argument goes. We can be quicker and more efficient than other countries. We will be more attractive to... Continue Reading →

Have you joined the new online course revolutionising the way the public can learn about clinical research? @NIHRCRN MOOC

I do not ascribe to the view that you have to be 'scientific literate' as a pre-requisite to taking part in science.  In the same way that I do not think you need to be fluent in French before you can enjoy a holiday or set up home there.  Nothing beats immersion in the way of... Continue Reading →

There’s nothing wrong in being a poster child for public involvement @bournemouthuni

The small things in life can tell us much about how the world is changing. Whether it's commuters carrying bottles of water. Or the papers left on trains at the end of a journey. What might such tell-tale signs of cultural change be, when it comes to public involvement? Is it the fact that public involvement... Continue Reading →

From ‘spacewalking’ patients to Bowie, the literature on public involvement in research reached new Peakes this week

It's one of the hardest things they will have to do.  It is physically and mentally draining.  For many it will feel a lonely place.  The atmosphere will be unlike anything they have ever experienced before. Some will feel as if they are in a state of suspended animation. Others will feel as if they have leapt off a cliff... Continue Reading →

We are looking for feedback on the #NIHRoktoask campaign from patients, researchers, everyone…. Please help and RT.

We are the only country which runs a public awareness campaign across our national health system to encourage people to participate in clinical research - NIHR 'OK to ask'.  We've been doing it for three years on the trot to coincide with International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) in May.  Now we want your views on how... Continue Reading →

Big month in Brussels for clinical trials…but let’s not be hasty

It's going to be a 'big-ish' month in the EU for clinical trials. By most accounts, EU legislators will reach a compromise agreement on the proposed new Clinical Trials Regulation in time for Christmas.  The key focus for industry bodies is around making sure the legislation embraces aggressive timelines for the approval of clinical trials. Remind me, isn't... Continue Reading →

@RBandH Guest blog: Promoting Clinical Research Locally – From ‘OK to Ask’ to Research Changed my Life

Promoting Clinical Research Activities and Opportunities Locally – From OK to Ask to Research Changed my Life Mark Terry, Research Office, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (m.terry@rbht.nhs.uk) 2013 has been notable for the strong momentum provided by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to NHS Trusts in our efforts to raise awareness of... Continue Reading →

Exclusive preview! UK clinical research gets its own TV show…..Downtown eat your heart out @NIHRCRN

So here's something to make your crumpet and jam just a bit more palatable on Sunday afternoon...Thanks to NIR CRN. This week Health Sector TV will be broadcasting a programme entitled ‘Clinical Research: Making Patients and the NHS Better.’ The blurb says that this is 'an important new documentary highlighting how the Clinical Research Network (as... Continue Reading →

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 →

Do I detect a slight fumble of the ball in today’s Commons Select Committee report on clinical trials?

Not for the first time I was awake at 3am this morning. Cup of tea in hand, watching American football.  It's amazing how those players keep the ball when so many other players are piling on top of them.  Rarely do you see the thing break free.  They must practice for hours.... The House of Commons... Continue Reading →

Take part in a live trial now as part of NIHR’s visit to the British Science Festival #NIHRCOMETtrial

I hope you'll forgive the fact that what follows is the news release but I am part of the team presenting with Jonathan Sheffield at next week's British Science Festival and I really couldn't put it better than this.  The 'live trial' is very exciting indeed and the first dip in the water for a... Continue Reading →

Survey: Cancer patients and research – the signage is there but not the opportunity to take part

You know how the story goes.  Cancer is way ahead of other conditions when it comes to patients having the opportunity to participate in clinical research.  But there's still lots of room for improvement. Today NHS England has announced the results of the annual National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.  Almost 70,000 patients took part in... Continue Reading →

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