Being so close to Christmas, you might expect a bit of a party atmosphere at the last Generation R Young Person’s Advisory Group meeting on December 21st and you’d be right. There was, however, some serious research work to be done in between the mince pies and chocolate log.

Sixteen young people, whose ages ranged from eleven to seventeen, were asked for their opinions on a variety of topics including, how to get young people to exercise without them realising, aptly titled the “Stealth Project” and who they would  prefer to teach them about sex (stop giggling at the back) and relationships  – a teacher they knew or a complete stranger.
They were also given free rein to design novel medication adherence devices which included tattoos that only ink up when you need to take your tablets and a friendship bracelet that changes colour to remind you to take your medicine.
It was a long and tiring day finishing with a brief anatomy lesson and an opportunity to have a try at taking a blood sample from a variety of “arms”.
Finally, “Santa” dropped in to present the participants with a certificate and a lucky dip with various “health research” related gifts.
The next planned meeting will be on 5 April 2016.  If you feel your research project might benefit from critical evaluation of a feisty group of young people you can email or 0117 342 1249 to book a place.

Mike Bell

Patient & Public Involvement Facilitator
People in Health West of England
Phone: 0117 342 1249