Yesterday the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) published a new five year strategic plan ‘Promoting a research active nation’ setting out a new programme to encourage public engagement and participation in health, social care and public health research.
Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and NIHR National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research, has written a great post on this. Although the strategy applies to children and young people as well as adults it’s great to see involvement being given some specific mentions, given the increasing interest in this area (see my last post):
- In relation to improving patient recruitment
- Working with young people to help design and develop a range of research ‘apps’ that will help enthuse young people about research and encourage their participation in research studies
- Publishing exemplars of how public involvement has improved patient access to research for children and young people