We held the first twitter chat in 2017 and the second one in 2018 during the #WhyWeDoResearch Twitterfest week. We consciously hosted the chats at the same time one year apart midweek at 12pm.
The questions used were...
Patients, public and staff joined the chat so we had a variety of perspectives to draw from. It truly was a fun packed hour, so many ideas and new ways of working, networking and sharing experiences and building on the success of the #WhyWeDoResearch community.
I would like to share a few findings with you from the Twitterfest.
Answers for question one focused very much on the relationship building between the research team and the clinical area where the paediatrics are to be recruited from.
Example: What do you think research teams could do to increase recruitment to paediatric research?
Question two concentrated on training for paediatric research teams and both years the paediatric communication and informed consent course was highlighted as a very valuable resource. Interestingly, there was much discussion surrounding the importance for research nurses to support and share knowledge with the next generation of research nurses. Student nurses were discussed at length and ideas around shadowing the research teams and providing the student nurses with research workbooks was also shared as good practice.
Lastly question six, any other important questions? We had so many ideas for a further twitter chats and Claire Whitehouse @ClaireW_UK from the #WhyWeDoResearch community asked us to consider having a spotlight month on paediatric research which we have jumped at the opportunity to highlight research in this area.
All three of us are very honoured to host another twitter chat during this month’s spotlight which will take place on Wednesday 17th October, 8pm (BST) / 3pm (EST) / 9pm (Madrid).
It’s amazing how social media can connect enthusiastic people with a passion for paediatric research.
We are looking forward to hosting the tweetchat, hope you can join us too.