Bringing the power home: can councils handle it?

It’s hard to miss the headlines informing us that obese people could have their benefits cut unless they start exercising. This is bound to spark considerable debate over why only overweight people are being punished and not smokers or drug addicts or why overweight people should be allowed to put a strain on the healthcare system. Continue reading

Participatory research – creating an inclusive approach

rachelCI attended the NHS Confederation’s Delivering Better Health Services conference last week in Manchester.  There was a lot of noise around public involvement in research and adopting a participatory approach, and it did make me question the extent to which this happens in research.  I outline below what I see as some of the key elements to conducting good participatory, people-centred research.  Continue reading