It's a big week in research. To mark International Clinical Trials Day on Saturday 20th May, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is promoting its 'I Am Research' (#iamresearch) national campaign to raise awareness of the part played by patients, carers and the public in making research happen. From today until well into … Continue reading Patients are part of the crew in health research not passengers. This week you can support them by getting behind the #iamresearch @OfficialNIHR #ICTD campaign
Happy International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) 2015 everyone! Today over 100 NHS Trusts will be taking part in NIHR's 'OK to ask' campaign aimed at raising public awareness of clinical research and encouraging patients to take part in clinical studies. There will be displays in hospital receptions and staff canteens, mock trials with chocolate (yummy!), … Continue reading Clinical research takes to the streets for International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) 2015 #NIHRoktoask #trialsmatter #clinicaltrialsday
How wonderful to see UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey discharged from hospital over the weekend having made a full recovery from Ebola. You may remember that, on New Year's Day as Pauline's condition worsened, the papers were full of the fact that she was to be treated with a new drug. I think the time-dishonoured phrase … Continue reading Musings about badges and labels and that term ‘human guinea pig:’ what would your bumper sticker say as a patient in research?
Today sees the annual Cancer Patient Experience Survey published. For the third year running it looks at the extent to which people with cancer are being told about the opportunity to take part in research. Also, how many take up that opportunity. National data is published and then statistics are provided by NHS Trust and … Continue reading Cancer research ‘sales’ to patients remain flat
Why shouldn't you and I be able to take part in appropriate and relevant research as part of our NHS care and treatment? Why shouldn't we be able to expect to have that discussion with our doctor as part of our diagnosis and care? Why shouldn't we be able to access research evidence so we … Continue reading NIHR looks to go PROACTIVE with plan for research participation and engagement
....despite the temptation. Summer means many things for me. One of them is keeping track of the football transfers. Here's hoping that the Eagles do manage to persuade Ronaldo to South London! The comments that managers make about players never cease to amuse me. One of the most common goes something along the lines of: 'He's … Continue reading Clinician resistance to research may require an arm around the shoulder not a red card
You didn't think I'd forget NIHR Friday did you? So the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Networks Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR CRN CC), together with The Guardian online, has this week published its annual performance tables for research activity in each NHS Trust in England for 2012/13. You can find the figures for your local … Continue reading It’s NIHR Friday: NHS Trust research activity stats published