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.
Feedback from site visits
Date: 27 November 2012 - 27 November 2012
Location: Institute of Child Health, London
Why MenB vaccine research is still vital
Date: 02 July 2012 - 02 July 2012
"The first time I have met anyone else that has suffered"
Date: 19 March 2012 - 19 March 2012
Location: St George's University
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