Communicate don’t complicate!
For anyone who is naturally inclined towards a longer sentence ‘thinking in hashtags’ can be an extremely useful tool! Nailing your message in very few words is really hard but it occurred to me that the 15 characters #whywedoresearch speaks a thousand.
Through its huge and continuing success it also tells us that research is valued and like other campaigns from the heart, shows that people are valued most. #hellomynameis is another campaign (http://hellomynameis.org.uk/) that communicates the value in a simple introduction, which as a professional shows that you care and as a patient shows that you matter. These are simple messages about valuing people that make a big difference.
Adding value together
The role of the Forum is to bring the research management, support and leadership community for health and care together, to act as a connected group of individuals to ensure benefit to them, and to make a difference through good practice. The value is in being and acting together for shared purpose.
We are now open for bookings, abstracts and exhibitors for “Adding Value Together 2017’ our annual conference for the community to come together in one place once a year. http://www.annualrdforum.org.uk. We have also just published our draft strategy http://www.rdforum.nhs.uk/content/for-consultation-draft-strategy-2017-2022/ for consultation and we would appreciate as much feedback as possible. You can download our wheel of activities to show all the activities an R&D function in the NHS might undertake here. http://www.annualrdforum.org.uk/rd-functions-wheel/
#whywedoresearch is fuelled by the passion, commitment and endeavour of its champions. People who do things for people, and who take part to add value to their mission. These values are the cornerstone of the Forum too.
#Whywedoresearch is a success because of people, and I for one, value it!