Attending the Involve conference

Later today I will be attending a meeting http://www.profbriefings.co.uk/involve2014/involve14programme.html

INVOLVE 2014: Changing Landscapes: An opportunity for people interested in public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research to meet, discuss and debate.

I am really looking forward to hearing about how others work to better engage the public and patients in their research and hope that there will be a lot of ideas that I can take into working with children. I have a poster to display at the meeting and I hope it generates interest.

I also want to learn more about using social media for active public involvement in research

There is a specific session on Patient acceptability lead by Matt Murray of the Alzheimer’s society – I am really keen to hear how acceptability may differ between children and those with Alzheimers.

Initially I was disappointed with the programme of talks as there was very little mention of involving children and young people but after a more thorough read there area  a couple of sessions hidden away to show that children are not forgotten. And don’t worry – for every talk I have a question! Have children and young  people been involved and if not why not!

I will post an update after the end of the meeting tomorrow to let you know the highlights! I may even make my twitter debut

Wish me luck

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