Blog: our regions will need a stronger patient voice if health research gets the devolution bug

As a democrat it doesn't sit well with me that the new interim Major of Greater Manchester is unelected. The excuses for it seem pretty poor. You should start as you mean to go on. Perhaps we should have sensed something was up when 'DevoManc' emerged as the nickname for the entity that will be … Continue reading Blog: our regions will need a stronger patient voice if health research gets the devolution bug

Blog: £6bn health tremors in Greater Manchester shake up national debate

It happens more regularly than the startled headlines suggest.  An earthquake somewhere in England rattles the crockery and wakes up citizens in the middle of the night. Later, many miles away, we read our newspapers, shake our heads in that 'well I never' sort of way, and get on with our day. But something truly seismic … Continue reading Blog: £6bn health tremors in Greater Manchester shake up national debate

Blog: Citizens in research: what’s your story going to be in 2015?

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?