A lab-based environment should be no barrier to public involvement in research #userinvolvment

I am often asked whether it is difficult – if not impossible – to involve the public in laboratory based research where researchers have limited or no direct contact with patients and the public. My answer is that it might be difficult but it can be done. And the benefits can be significant.  The real challenges… Read More A lab-based environment should be no barrier to public involvement in research #userinvolvment

Blog: Being a Chair and why patients are just as good at it #researchgovernance

A head-hunter has written to me this morning – as they have to many others no doubt – asking whether I know of any good ‘research’ candidates to Chair a panel looking at research into patient and family experience. My first thought? To ask why the client thinks it’s vital for someone with research experience… Read More Blog: Being a Chair and why patients are just as good at it #researchgovernance

Blog news: Life sciences giants join forces to promote young people’s involvement in health research

Some of the leading life sciences organisations in the UK have joined forces to issue a ‘statement of aspiration’ about the involvement of young people in research saying: ‘Collaboration between young people and commercial researchers should become an established and normal way of working. Learning from this collaboration should be actively translated wherever possible to… Read More Blog news: Life sciences giants join forces to promote young people’s involvement in health research

Blog: Have you ever knowingly been oversold PPI in research? Then, there’s help at hand #howtoinvolve

I didn’t think so. Do you get those nagging calls about PPI? It’s usually early evening. Sometimes it is a recorded voice message. Sometimes a text. Very occasionally it is a real person from the unreal environment of a call centre. Unfortunately they are all contacting me about that other PPI – yes, Payment Protection… Read More Blog: Have you ever knowingly been oversold PPI in research? Then, there’s help at hand #howtoinvolve

Patients wanted to talk about public involvement in surgical trials #PIRRIST @joannacrocker

I’ve been helping colleagues get this study off the ground so would appreciate your help either in spreading the word or by contributing directly. As follows. ….Are you currently involved in a surgical research trial? If so we need your help! We are looking for patient or lay advisers, partners or representatives to take part… Read More Patients wanted to talk about public involvement in surgical trials #PIRRIST @joannacrocker

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