GUEST BLOG by Hilary Cullen, BRC James Lind Alliance Adviser and Coordinator.
The West Wing Atrium at the John Radcliffe Hospital was the scene of exciting activity with an estimated 500 plus visiting the BRC Open Day!
Among the teams showing off their latest achievements and future plans was a stand highlighting the Patient and Public Involvement in clinical research at the Oxford University Hospitals.
Armed with armfuls of lemons, limes and oranges, we were there to discuss the recent innovation of a James Lind Alliance ‘hub’ in Oxford, based at the Churchill Hospital, supported by the BRC.
This work will support the need for patients to get involved in the important first step of the research process – establishing what patients feel are the most important research questions for specific conditions.
People visiting our stand were able to learn about how the James Lind Alliance brings together clinical and patient groups to prioritise research questions. There are currently seven different areas of health care in which the Oxford BRC and the JLA are developing a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP).
Our stand used games to illustrate the notion of ‘alone we don’t know as much as all of us together’ and sorting out the chronology of British monarchs was a simple example of how a team of people can often answer questions better than an individual!
By why the lemons, limes and oranges decorating the stand? They were a reminder of who James Lind was! He worked as a naval surgeon and identified citrus fruit as an aid to preventing scurvy – in doing so he designed one of the first clinical trials and cemented a lasting legacy!
The afternoon was a fun opportunity for patients and visitors to meet the clinical researchers and discover the important role PPI plays in research.
If you want to find out more about the BRC’s public involvement please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org 0r come along to one of our public events.