It is curious how life often brings us back to places once well-trodden but then lost to us for one reason or another. Last week I was in Stockport. I have a vivid childhood memory of my mother taking me by train to have my broken arm re-set and put in plaster in the hospital… Read More A trip down memory lane makes me think Stockport is the perfect place to begin a coup ‘data’
On Wednesday a consortium of 15 research funders and Universities UK led by the Wellcome Trust published its report ‘Factors affecting public engagement by researchers.’ The Wellcome Trust launch website is here and the report itself can be found here. It’s an important piece of work; a ‘state of the nation’ commentary on public engagement activity across… Read More Public engagement in research must break through its rose-tinted glass ceiling #engage_2015
The Wellcome Trust have this morning put out the results of a very interesting study about public understanding of antibiotic resistance. The research by Good Business found that people struggle with what the term ‘antibiotic resistance’ means, and are more comfortable with alternative terms such as “drug-resistant infections” or “antibiotic-resistant germs.” Also that, because of the… Read More We need to get personal about ‘antibiotic resistance’ if we want the public to help fight infection @wellcometrust
Two posts in one day! Ah, those were the days when we got two Post Office deliveries a day…. Just to say the Government has published the full terms of reference for its Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review to be headed up by Sir Hugh Taylor who is currently Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’s. Yes, that’s… Read More Government pushes forward with review to speed up availability of innovative medicines and treatments
Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Medical Research holds its summer reception in parliament. This annual event has become an important fixture on the health research calendar. The ‘great and the good’ assemble to focus on a key issue of the day and to network. At some point in proceedings they will be addressed by… Read More Spend £1 on cancer research and get 40p back every year: what’s not to like?
There’s a big push on #patientdata at the moment. Leaflets explaining how patient data will be shared in the future are being stuffed through people’s letter boxes. This is part of an initiative called ‘care.data.’ Medical research charities have meanwhile funded a national newspaper advertising campaign exhorting the benefits of sharing patient data for research. The… Read More Musings on #patientdata and: ‘the moral case for public involvement in research is dead, long live…’
Today NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has called for a radical change in public attitudes and behaviours towards organ donation. The public have been asked to respond to NHSBT’s new strategy. This asks people to consider some tough questions such as whether registered organ donors should go to the front of the queue for organ donation ahead… Read More Leadership, and a strategy transplant from NHSBT would do the patient data debate no harm