This week we ventured out for our first HYH talk of 2018! We were invited to join the line up at a Public and Patient Involvement event hosted by the University’s very own Centre for Primary Care. As some of you may know, Public and Patient Involvement in research refers to research which is developed and conducted in conjunction with patients or members of the public who have real life experience or an interested in the topic the scientists are researching. Now, with that in mind, it’s fair to say that our audience were all actively engaged in the world of research. This made them a great group to gather further ideas from, following our successful pilot with Didsbury SciBar, they were able to give us more insight into the types of things they look for when judging whether to believe what they hear or read about in the news. As well as the tips featured in our toolkit, articles were judged more reliable if they were published in well-known, high quality journals, and also if the research was reported in a similar fashion by a number of different newspapers or websites.
Finally, we talked about the benefits of Public and Patient Involvement in assisting researchers to share the findings of their research with the general public. Both by helping to decide the content of written research summaries and press releases, but also for providing ideas on different ways to share findings more widely.
The team will now use this learning to finalise the content for our next planned session. If you are a member of a group, and want to find out more about hosting a HYH session, please get in touch.