Patient & public involvement
If you are a Member of the Foundation, we offer you a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of our research projects by taking part in our programme of research site visits.
Site visits are used by many organisations, including the NHS and other charitable and grant giving organisations. The idea behind site visits is to involve fundraisers and people who have been impacted by the disease in the research by the most direct means - going to see the work itself.
We hope that meeting the researchers and hearing about the valuable work being done to combat meningitis and septicaemia will be a valuable experience for both our members and the scientists. For those who have ever helped fundraise it will be a way to see how your money has been spent.
A small group accompanied by MRF staff will visit the research institution. Also present may be: local fundraising groups and supporters, other members of MRF staff (i.e. communications team) and potentially the press.
The visits will vary according to the nature/location of the project, but should include a number of the following –
- Tour of the facilities
- Talk from the researcher concerning the nature of the project
- Meet the researchers team
- Opportunities to ask questions about the research
- Have a photo taken with the researcher and / or the research team.
Site visitors will be asked if they would like to write about their experience. This account can then potentially be used in our member’s magazine - Microscope or for other fundraising and awareness purposes. We would also be interested in your thoughts on how we can improve the site visit program; this is a new initiative for us and we will be looking for ways to make it better.
Research visit to Oxford and Meningococcus Genome Library
Date: Tuesday 11th February at 2pm
Location: University of Oxford
Our next visit is to the research team at Oxford, to find out more about the MRF Meningococcus Genome Library and its role in furthering research into meningitis and septicaemia.
Please contact Gill Currie email@example.com or call 01454 280410 for more information or to reserve your place.
Feedback from site visits
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Location: Churchill Hospital, Oxford
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