Having sensibly bought itself another 6 months to do the work, last week the Government's 'Accelerated Access Review' published its half-term report. Headed by Sir Hugh Taylor the review is looking at how to get new treatments and technology in the hands of patients quicker. It is an important review and all the better for … Continue reading The Govt’s Accelerated Access ‘Innovation’ Review: mid-term report @AccelAccess #medtech
Today I have been in Bolton to kick-off the NHS North West R&D Conference. 170 delegates - including patients and the public - getting together over two days to talk research. A great event and I hope they feel I got them off to a good start with my talk. It occurred to me afterwards … Continue reading If AHSNs are failing can we at last have a democratic space for innovation in the NHS?
Simon Stevens, the relatively new NHS Chief Executive, put innovation front-of-house in his speech to the NHS Confederation yesterday. He identified it as one of three elements crucial to 'future-proofing' the NHS for the challenges ahead. You can read the full speech here. But I have also included the relevant extract below as it is worth reading. A few points … Continue reading Simon Stevens puts innovation and patients as innovators front-of-house in NHS
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
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?
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
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
Public involvement in research: would you like that shaken or stirred? So, ladies and gentlemen, there I was on Saturday afternoon, at the pictures, watching the new James Bond movie, ‘Skyfall.’ This was background research for today you understand; listening to Adele dolefully sing: ‘This is the end’ which is the opening line of the … Continue reading Text of speech to INVOLVE 2012 – Public involvement in research: would you like that shaken or stirred?