Spend £1 on cancer research and get 40p back every year: what’s not to like?

Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Medical Research holds its summer reception in parliament. This annual event has become an important fixture on the health research calendar. The 'great and the good' assemble to focus on a key issue of the day and to network. At some point in proceedings they will be addressed by... Continue Reading →

New CLAHRCs announced in local health research boost. Here’s a list and links. #nihrclahrcs

The Department of Health this morning announced the successful NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLSHRCs).  The formal press release can be found here. Thirteen CLAHRCs have been awarded over £120M in total following an open competition earlier this year.  The details of the latter can be found here. Further details... Continue Reading →

How a Dame and the Great British Public might bring an end to the patient data pantomime…

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) has an 'exclusive' interview today with Dame Fiona Caldicott.  Dame Fiona has been chairing a review - of information governance in health and social care - 'Caldicott2.'  Its report and recommendations are due out in just a few short weeks.You have to subscribe to HSJ to read the full interview... Continue Reading →

Prof Dame Sally Davies (CMO) talks about science communications, the media and public involvement

Rather than just tweet this as a link, I thought some background was needed. This is a ten minute extract of a much longer interview I did with Professor Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health. The interview came at the beginning of a two-day NIHR training camp... Continue Reading →

In the Hunt for a health Ofsted

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, spoke at the King's Fund annual conference today.  By all accounts it was impassioned and well-received.  There then followed what sounded like a lively panel discussion about patient experience (see their twitter feed). Hunt's announcement of a review into the idea of establishing an 'Ofsted' rating system for hospitals... Continue Reading →

Health Research Authority gets to work on speeding-up research

So there I was yesterday afternoon,  with my biology 'o'level a distant memory to put it mildly, speaking at the annual NIHR Senior Investigators Meeting thinking: 'how did I ever get into this?'  The event brings together the very best of NIHR's  researchers for an update on what's happening across health research.  And this was mentioned... Continue Reading →

NHS leaders on public involvement in services and research

Just thought I would pass on these two pieces by Candy Morris, Research Champion for the NHS, and Mike Farrar, CEO of the NHS Confederation, respectively, about the importance of public involvement in the NHS. Candy's article appears in the Department of Health's regular bulletin 'The Month,' and focuses on public involvement in clinical research.... Continue Reading →

Health Information Governance Review: Caldicott at Health In4matics

I thought that people might be interested in this report from the Health Service Journal (HSJ) of a speech that Dame Fiona Caldicott made at the Health In4matics conference earlier this week.  She discusses the challenges for GPs in providing patients with online access to their medical records. I heard this week that the Department... Continue Reading →

DH and charities reach acoRD over medical research costs

Divvying up the costs of conducting research in the NHS funded by medical research charities is an intricate business.   Who pays for that research nurse, their time in administering the extra treatment required in a clinical trial, the procedures and equipment needed as part of its conduct, the oversight and governance needed to ensure that things are done... Continue Reading →

Dame Sally Davies interview in the FT

Dame Sally Davies, England's new Chief Medical Officer, gives a frank and open interview in today's Financial Times.  In it, Dame Sally says that she will continue to play a leadership role with respect to NHS R&D but with perhaps less involvement in the day-to-day running (my interpretation).

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