Having sensibly bought itself another 6 months to do the work, last week the Government's 'Accelerated Access Review' published its half-term report. Headed by Sir Hugh Taylor the review is looking at how to get new treatments and technology in the hands of patients quicker. It is an important review and all the better for … Continue reading The Govt’s Accelerated Access ‘Innovation’ Review: mid-term report @AccelAccess #medtech
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
Patient and public advocates in health and social care would make bloody good pilots. Year after year we ask them to help successfully land projects and initiatives in 'fuel critical' situations. They are having to carry more, and further. But for how much longer before someone has to declare a real fuel emergency? And a … Continue reading We are in danger of running public involvement in health on Ryanair principles
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Just in case you had missed it, it's all about patient experience from now on! And a good thing too. Or, at the very least, it seems the intention is to ask people more questions about their experience. A lot more questions in fact. In the new world, I wonder, will we be met by NHS 'chuggers' … Continue reading Are you a patient? Then, I’m holding you for questioning. You have the right to…..
It's that time of year again to get your local NHS Trust to enter this year's Health Service Journal (HSJ) 'Progressive Research Culture' Award. This follows the success of last year's award which saw over 40 Trusts enter. Further details from the NIHR CRN CC website. I'm delighted that the nine criteria include these two: - Evidence of … Continue reading HSJ ‘Progressive Research Culture’ Award 2012: Open for entries
The Government last week launched a public consultation seeking views on the membership of Healthwatch England. Healthwatch England will be the 'consumers champion' under the NHS reforms. It will be what they call a 'statutory committee' of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is expected to be up and running by the autumn. Many, including … Continue reading Government consults on Healthwatch membership
Doing this remotely so apologies if this doesn't work/come out very well: INVOLVE 2012: Putting people first in research Conference call for presentations is now open Our eighth biennial INVOLVE conference will take place on 13th and 14th November 2012 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. The conference will bring together members of the public, service users, researchers, research … Continue reading Share your experience of public involvement in research: INVOLVE 2012 Conference call for presentations
Over the weekend Professor Colin Blakemore said he hoped the Academy of Medical Sciences would come up with radical proposals to end the regulatory mess that holds up UK health research such as clinical trials. I am not sure whether he will feel today's report by the Academy lives up to that aspiration, but I do … Continue reading Rawlins Review: Academy lays down law on health research regulation
A brief interlude in all things politics gives me the opportunity to relay some events of the last few weeks. First, a long overdue welcome to our three new member charities: Epilepsy Action; Furlong Research Charitable Foundation and; Pancreatric Cancer UK. That takes our membership up to 124 charities. Monday night saw me attend the … Continue reading A non-commercial break…and FP8
While the Home Office struggles to recover from its Nutt allergy the rest of us have been busy funding and promoting good science. Our communications officer, Sara, tells me that if I use more searchable terms in my blog headlines I will get more visitors. 'What, more than the million or so I receive each day?' I said. Anyway, … Continue reading A Wellcome round-up to the research week