According to the recent national survey of people's experiences of being involved in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)*, one in five patients, carers and members of the public told us they had been a 'co-applicant' in research. An equivalent number described themselves as being a 'member of a research team.' As a member of … Continue reading New guidance on what it is to be a public co-applicant in research launched by @NIHRINVOLVE @HRA_Latest and @NHSRDForum
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 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
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 Lancet study puts NIHR top of the intl league table for health research in the public interest inc. public involvement @TheLancet
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 news: Life sciences giants join forces to promote young people’s involvement in health research
Is it me or is 2016 'full-on' or what? It is as if someone has put something in our water supply. It's nearly February already. My good colleagues in public involvement are hitting the sort of productivity levels last seen in a Japanese car factory in the 1990s. Yesterday I blogged about two new 'manuals' … Continue reading Top-tips for involving young people in research and other brilliant resources @GenrYPAGs
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 Blog: Have you ever knowingly been oversold PPI in research? Then, there’s help at hand #howtoinvolve
A Happy New Year to you all. Here's to your very good health and much happiness in 2016. I am no futurologist so my predictions for public involvement in health research over the next 12 months should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, I do know one thing. The appointment of the new Director of … Continue reading Are you the next Director of INVOLVE?
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 There is indeed method in our ‘madness’ – being METHODICAL about 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 ‘How many patients does it take to change a lightbulb?’ Time to get serious about learning and development in public involvement
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 Public involvement can appear like a foreign country to colleagues. Let’s make it a land they want to come back to.
Herewith a copy of the announcement that you will also find on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and INVOLVE websites to day about the award of the new INVOLVE contract. This means INVOLVE now enters its second decade of being fully funded by the NIHR and the only such body of its kind … Continue reading Announcement of new contract for @NIHRINVOLVE awarded to the University of Southampton
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 What next in identifying patient priorities for health research? #JLAevaluation
This morning the Nuffield Council on Bioethics published its report: Children and research: ethical issues calling for a change in research culture to enable young people to shape how research is ‘prioritised, designed and reviewed.’ In what amounts to a ‘call to arms’ the report urges funders, clinicians, researchers and ethicists to work together and, … Continue reading We must maintain our national impetus and leadership on involving young people in research – comment on new report from @Nuffbioethics
What should we make of the latest figures from INVOLVE and the Health Research Authority (HRA) showing which funders are best at public involvement in research? In a re-run of an joint-exercise first done in 2010, INVOLVE and the HRA looked at the public involvement component of over 1100 research applications that went before research ethics … Continue reading Who are the good, the bad and the ugly at involving the public in medical research? New comparative figures for Government, charities and industry
Who knows, patients and the public might one day get to walk on the red carpet ?
You'd think that Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National, would be the perfect venue at which to dwell on the barriers to how we involve the public in research. What with 'Bechers Brook' and 'The Chair,' fences over which horses and riders stumble and tumble every year. It would only be right to follow suit, would … Continue reading Blog: Citizens in research: what’s your story going to be in 2015?
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 Breaking Boundaries review of public involvement in the NIHR – Update Ahead of #INVOLVE2014
Yesterday INVOLVE hosted a meeting of about 100 public involvement leads from across the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). There are probably nearer 200 in total across the NIHR family.This was the first time that we have ever been able to bring together people in this way. A powerful milestone.This link will take you … Continue reading What have people told us about public involvement in research?
This has got a bit lost in the hurly burly of the last few days. It is important that it does not remain so. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigators - of which there are around 200 I believe - are the very best of the very best researchers across the organisation. NIHR … Continue reading Top NIHR researchers speak out about importance of public involvement in research
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 NIHR makes plain English summaries a requirement of funding via @NIHRINVOLVE