How to engage the public in scrutiny

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Friday, 26 September 2014
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Public scrutiny helps to ensure that staff who work in health and social care research and services are doing their job properly. Sometimes it goes wrong, as the tragic events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust illustrate all too graphically. Whether a reference group is commenting on a research idea, a member of the public is commenting on a document, service users are giving feedback on the services they receive, or Healthwatch champions are undertaking an unannounced ‘enter and view’ visit, scrutiny is underway, and it needs to be done well. This paper pools what we know about how to arrange things so that scrutiny is offered and received in a manner that delivers improvement. This briefing paper was first drafted by a diverse group of stakeholders called together by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network as part of its work on Public Leadership. As readers provide feedback, further insights will be used to update the paper. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contributions or to feed back how you have made use of this document.

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Amy Egan


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