Blog: An incident at 40,000 ft over the Atlantic highlights the perils of ‘evandigitalism’ in health care #digitalhealth

It was all going so well. My fears of spending eight hours on a budget airline from Ottawa to Nice were quickly subsiding. The plane was half-full. No one was sitting next to me. I could spread my things out. More importantly I could get to the loo at will. Most of my fellow passengers... 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 →

NIHR launches new poster campaign on public involvement in research #twosides @OfficialNIHR @NIHRINVOLVE

The UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a striking new poster campaign entitled #twosides to raise awareness of the importance of patients and the public to making health and social care research happen. There are three posters to choose from in the series and you can download or order posters here. These... Continue Reading →

Breaking Boundaries review of public involvement in the NIHR – Update Ahead of #INVOLVE2014

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 →

NIHR Friday: BioResource launch has volunteers at its heart

Delighted to see today's announcement by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) of the new NIHR BioResource.  The importance of the new BioResource (the main website for the BioResource is here) is underlined by the fact that not one Minister but both the Secretary of State for Health, Minister for Health plus the Chief Medical Officer, Professor... Continue Reading →

Notes from a ‘small island’ in health research…..otherwise known as INVOLVE

A small island has appeared off the coast of Pakistan following the tragic earthquake there last week.  The consensus of scientific opinion is that, before long, this island will disappear without trace.  In the meantime it is an interesting curiosity, attracting quite a gaggle of geologists and geographers. I wonder if that is how INVOLVE was... Continue Reading →

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