Thought for the day: a schoolfriend’s untimely death highlights the importance of choice to our dying day

A dear schoolfriend of mine, Sara, will be laid to rest today. We found each other on Facebook three years ago after a 30 year hiatus. I enjoyed our mutual 'likes' of one another's quirky musings, the various photographs of holidays and birthdays, and the occasional sharing of news about our respective families.  I had... Continue Reading →

Public involvement will be crucial to new NIHR ARCs and the research implementation agenda #CLAHRCs #ARCs @OfficialNIHR @NIHRINVOLVE @ClahrcP

It doesn't matter where you are in the world patients and carers have the same questions about research. This week I am in Sydney, Australia, at the invitation of the Australia Dementia Forum hosted by the National Institute for Dementia Research.  It has been a fascinating two days. Most of all I have enjoyed meeting... Continue Reading →

New @HRA_Latest @OfficialNIHR data on UK public attitudes to health research highlights need to work with under-represented groups to break down barriers #diversity

White, middle-class and well-connected - and that's just the patients: is this the health research culture we wish to see in the UK? Ever since it was established in 2011, the Health Research Authority (HRA) - the UK regulator of health research whose mission is 'to protect and promote the public interest' - has commissioned... Continue Reading →

Newsflash: Could you be a standard bearer for public involvement? Expressions of interest invited. #ppistandards @OfficialNIHR @ResearchWales @publichealthni @CSO_Scotland

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) together with its equivalents across the other UK nations - the Chief Scientist's Office in Scotland, Health and Care Research Wales, and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland - has been leading the development of UK national standards to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement. The UK--wide... Continue Reading →

Stop Press: Wake up and smell the coffee – consultation launched on UK-wide draft standards for public involvement in research @OfficialNIHR @ResearchWales @publichealthni CSOScotland @NIHRINVOLVE

How many of you have arrived at a meeting, gasping for a cup of tea, and been presented with a scene not unlike the one in the photo below? An array of coffee pots.  All looking the same. But each holding something different. Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, hot water, tea (possibly). That's before we even get... 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 →

Flying the ‘standards’ for public involvement in health research: new initiative launched. Sign up here. @OfficialNIHR @NIHRINVOLVE @ResearchWales #ppistandards

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) together with its Welsh equivalent, Health and Care Research Wales, have joined forces to launch a project to develop standards for public involvement in research. The Public Involvement Standards Development Partnership has a website which went live today  where you can learn more and sign up to be... Continue Reading →

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