Thanks to all those who tweeted and retweeted about this article. Some of you are mentioned in the dispatch further down the page. This blog post has now been visited over 1000 times in the last few weeks. I have been wondering why this is the case. Your views are most welcome! I think the fact that I have expressed us 'walking together' rather than you must do public involvement; that it is about the shared learning and understanding. Yet, it does seem to demonstrate that we need to just say 'thanks' more often in a busy world. TWEETING - see below.
The public also places high expectation on research and it is only by understanding why some of it takes so long can be really helpful.
Why is there such an insistence on giving reams of pages in the Patient Information Leaflet? Could we be working together to improve things like this?
The public, being involved, can help to remind the researchers of the difference that has been made because they are not involved on a day to day basis.
The other day I heard from a researcher that it took 3 months longer because he spoke with patients but it was the best 3 months as the research proposal is of a far higher quality.
Thank you for all these comments and please follow them all.
(I took these from Hootsuite so may have missed a few of you - I apologise to anyone I missed but retweet and I will add your twitter contact.)
Some positive words in praise of Researchers...and tips to encourage public involvement @nwpirf
Partnership and mutual respect. How things should be! @AilsaDon
Great to this kind of bridge-building @joannacrocker
Wondering why and how researchers involve the public? @Pen_CRU
Really resonates with our team. "Walking side by side with public" is exactly what we want @superpiran
Really great blog for all to read, but particularly for researchers! @JPUHResearch
Another thoughtful and intelligent perspective @LindzBennister
Thank you for the research praise @NIHRCRN_nwcoast -
On the button as ever @jeremywhelan
Appreciating the work of researchers @louca_mai
This is a lovely article praising researchers for their work @iamboylan
A great blog! @keeling_michael
And thanks to everyone who works with me @MEJoBest
Really enjoyed your latest blog @JohnBaker_UoM
Thanks for retweets:
@matt_westmore @HealthResComms @mickmull @dollyblue3 @Gozde786 @BeyondDiagnosis @LLocock @AntimonyWray @SallyCrowe @Wellcometrust @SimonRStevens @Brunettebridge @BellaStarling @HealthSciences @AntheaMould @NIHRCRN_KSSPPI @ZoeBelshaw @ElspethMather @LeighHibberdine
(There were many more and I shall try to add you later)
You might want to read the excellent article about the cart and horse by @ActiveKritizen
...and 'Why study data belongs to the public' from @dr_know
.....and for an example of thanking Researchers have a look at Wellcome Trust