My ‘Remember Me’ for World Alzheimer’s Day – #beatdementia #WorldAlzMonth Please join in.

September is World Alzheimer’s month and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is running a campaign called ‘Remember Me’ in which they are asking people on World Alzheimer’s Day, 21st September to share on social media a favourite photo and short message that captures how they would like to be remembered.  There’s also a… Read More My ‘Remember Me’ for World Alzheimer’s Day – #beatdementia #WorldAlzMonth Please join in.

It’s a life sciences strategy Jim but not as we know it, not as we know it.

I decided not to break off from my painting holiday (well, two weeks of home decorating) to read the new Life Sciences Strategy. After all, how does the saying go about ‘watching paint dry?’ Now I have read it I really don’t know what to make of it. ‘Heavy,’ ‘dense,’ ‘technical’ are the words that… Read More It’s a life sciences strategy Jim but not as we know it, not as we know it.

Speaking notes: the voice from the back of the hall #publicspeakingtips

I stepped down from the stage that night feeling like God’s gift to public speaking. I had just given an on-message, word-perfect, resounding success of a talk. So much so I felt the applause could have been a little louder, a little more, well…grateful. After all, I had travelled a long way to be there.… Read More Speaking notes: the voice from the back of the hall #publicspeakingtips

Here’s hoping the announcement of the @OfficialNIHR #LetsGetDigital winners means others will catch the digital bug

Thought I would gently ease myself back into things after almost a month’s total social media detox at work by posting this news story from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) announcing the winners of #LetsGetDigital….. The votes have been counted, the judges have had their say and the winners of the 2017 NIHR Let’s Get… Read More Here’s hoping the announcement of the @OfficialNIHR #LetsGetDigital winners means others will catch the digital bug

Getting a GRIPP2 on public involvement reporting in research papers

More often than not, public involvement in research is poorly reported when it comes to the results of studies being written-up in academic papers.   That means we – the public, researchers, clinicians and all others involved in doing research – are missing out on the cumulative knowledge and experience of others on ‘why,’ ‘how’… Read More Getting a GRIPP2 on public involvement reporting in research papers

Could you be the new Chair of INVOLVE? Apply Within! (PS: It’s the greatest role ever)

I feel like I should presage this with some sort of Mark Twain statement that ‘rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.’ For, yes, although I am standing down as Chair of INVOLVE this year, I am continuing as the NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public. Plenty of time to go before… Read More Could you be the new Chair of INVOLVE? Apply Within! (PS: It’s the greatest role ever)

Stop Press: Wake up and smell the coffee – consultation launched on UK-wide draft standards for public involvement in research @OfficialNIHR @ResearchWales @publichealthni CSOScotland @NIHRINVOLVE

How many of you have arrived at a meeting, gasping for a cup of tea, and been presented with a scene not unlike the one in the photo below? An array of coffee pots.  All looking the same. But each holding something different. Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, hot water, tea (possibly). That’s before we even get… Read More Stop Press: Wake up and smell the coffee – consultation launched on UK-wide draft standards for public involvement in research @OfficialNIHR @ResearchWales @publichealthni CSOScotland @NIHRINVOLVE