National cancer patient survey raises more questions about patient access to research

The results of the National Cancer Patient Experience (NCPE) 2015 survey were published this morning.  It's an important insight into what people with cancer around the UK think about their care and treatment. For the last three years - and thanks to the tenacity of colleagues on the National Cancer Research Institute Consumers Liaison Group (NCRI CLG) … Continue reading National cancer patient survey raises more questions about patient access to research

‘Stand up if you love clinical research’ on Intl Clinical Trials Day, 20 May #NIHRoktoask #NHSresearch

My tickets for the FA Cup Final arrived in the post yesterday. I am very excited indeed.  I have a feeling that my team will bring the trophy home to south London where it belongs. It is that time of year when football fans are living on their nerves as their team battles to win … Continue reading ‘Stand up if you love clinical research’ on Intl Clinical Trials Day, 20 May #NIHRoktoask #NHSresearch

Blog: £6bn health tremors in Greater Manchester shake up national debate

It happens more regularly than the startled headlines suggest.  An earthquake somewhere in England rattles the crockery and wakes up citizens in the middle of the night. Later, many miles away, we read our newspapers, shake our heads in that 'well I never' sort of way, and get on with our day. But something truly seismic … Continue reading Blog: £6bn health tremors in Greater Manchester shake up national debate

Untold stories in clinical research: the carer’s tale

When asked, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will tell you that 630,000 people took part in a clinical study last year. I wonder, however, whether that number should be raised to nearer one million*. For alongside many participants during their journey in research, walks a mother, father, brother, sister or significant other. One … Continue reading Untold stories in clinical research: the carer’s tale