Patient and Public Involvement in Research – Passing the town hall meeting test

Dr Adam Gordon is Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor in Medicine of Older People at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.  He also edits this blog…..

Last week I was invited to present some outputs from the Medical Crises in Older People programme to a Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) Meeting in Leicester.  It was one of the most mixed audiences I have ever presented to.  There were researchers, nurses, care home managers, consultant neurologists and members of the public.  Many of the members of the public were older.  A couple had hearing impairment.  One couldn’t see.

I had one hour to present three year’s worth of research.  Complex research.  Nuanced research.  Research of which I was very proud…..and suddenly, faced by this audience, I was filled with dread at the prospect of having to do so. Continue reading