I’m pro co-pro are you? The march of co-production continues – here’s the final guidance from @NIHRINVOLVE on the principles of co-production #Coproduction

Two blogs in one day. Blimey. I'll be giving away small packets of face cream or toys with the next issue at this rate. Someone asked me recently whether co-production was going to be the only thing that mattered in the future. Is all that is currently known as public involvement going to be painted... Continue Reading →

Lancet study puts NIHR top of the intl league table for health research in the public interest inc. public involvement @TheLancet

Yesterday the Lancet published a study by Mona Nasser, Mike Clarke, Iain Chalmers and others looking at how well eleven international research founders are doing to reduce waste in research. This follows a series of articles by Chalmers et al over the last couple of years on the same issue. The study scored funders using... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

There is indeed method in our ‘madness’ – being METHODICAL about public involvement

Polonius: [Aside] Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 193–206 If you are in some way connected to public involvement in health research then you get used to 'the look.' Sometimes it's a vacant stare or a gaze falling slowly across the face like the sun going down.  In other instances... Continue Reading →

‘How many patients does it take to change a lightbulb?’ Time to get serious about learning and development in public involvement

Question: How many patients does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: No one knows, they are so rarely asked. The irritating thing is that even when patients are asked to change a lightbulb, they are not given the help and support to do it effectively. It's a bit like asking someone to change one... Continue Reading →

Public involvement can appear like a foreign country to colleagues. Let’s make it a land they want to come back to.

This time last week I was in France eating baguette and cheese and drinking red wine.  Today it's a tuna sandwich and packet of Hula Hoops.  Yes, like many others in the UK's version of France's 'La rentree,' I am returning to work with a bump. A little later I am off to NHS Expo. It's the... Continue Reading →

What next in identifying patient priorities for health research? #JLAevaluation

I spent yesterday morning at an excellent event looking at the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships (JLA PSPs for short!). #JLAevaluation Started in 2004, JLA PSPs have become a recognised and highly respected method for identifying shared priorities in health research among patients, carers and clinicians.  That they have is a testament to its founders but also the excellent JLA... Continue Reading →

Breaking Boundaries review of public involvement in the NIHR – Update Ahead of #INVOLVE2014

So, as you can imagine, I am limbering up today and tomorrow in preparation for the INVOLVE Conference - 'Changing Landscapes' - which takes place in Birmingham later this week. That means sit-ups, press-ups, gargling water and mnemonics to remember the difference between participation, engagement and involvement and other useful stuff like that. It should be... Continue Reading →

NIHR makes plain English summaries a requirement of funding via @NIHRINVOLVE

Plain and simply good news from a citizen point of view. With thanks to INVOLVE and NIHR colleagues for making this happen, Plain English summaries in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to making sure that each research study it funds has a clear... Continue Reading →

Pens and PCs to the ready: 2014 Access to Understanding science writing competition is launched

One of my highlights of last year was judging the 'Access to Understanding' science writing competition.  And I didn't event win it! Well, the good news is that it's happening again and the 2014 competition was launched this morning.  The less good news perhaps - from the point of view of entrants anyway - is... Continue Reading →

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