The art of lay reviewing in health research: some pointers

A little while ago someone suggested that I write something about my approach to lay reviewing in health research. Not so much a 'how to' guide as there are lots of these and very good they are too. More, an insight into the questions I ask myself when forming an opinion on an application for … Continue reading The art of lay reviewing in health research: some pointers

Are you a speaker who eats, speaks and leaves? Then listen up.

I am.  Or rather I was.  But I am trying to change. Once upon a time it was only Government Ministers who turned up five minutes before their piece, said what they had to say, then left.  It's not uncommon for them to depart the podium without even answering questions.  And then there are those … Continue reading Are you a speaker who eats, speaks and leaves? Then listen up.

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 In the Hunt for a health Ofsted

Time to open up about industry

Every so often a story and resulting furore crops up in the media about charities, patient groups and their closeneness to industry and, in particular, pharmaceutical companies.   Journalists and the public will quite rightly ask: is it in the public interest?  I can well remember my first encounter with big pharma in my early days … Continue reading Time to open up about industry