Thursday, 24 January 2013
The Cystic Fibrosis South West meeting - road testing our research strategy
I travelled to Bristol for the Cystic Fibrosis South West meeting on Tuesday, together with CF Trust CEO Ed Owen.
This was my first regional meeting and my first opportunity to explore some of our ideas for the Trust’s new research strategy with the CF community. Any strategy needs to be “road tested” before you roll it out, so we held our discussions in confidence.
I was very nervous – what would people think? Were we on the right track?
The weather was atrocious, with sleet and snow, and as it got worse Ed and I were worried that no one would be able to make it to the meeting, including ourselves! Audrey Williams, our South West Regional Fundraising Manager, who put all the hard work into arranging the event, had to turn back when she hit a blizzard en route.
About 30 intrepid travellers turned up for the meeting, reflecting the commitment of the CF community. There were parents and family members of people with CF and scientists and physicians from Bristol University.
Ed spoke about the Trust and “where we are”, and then I talked about the process of building a strategy and what we wanted our strategy to look like. We then opened the session for feedback, questions and comments.
There was lots of constructive feedback and debate – we even ran over schedule. We had an open and frank discussion and there was a lot of support for the new research strategy approach and how we have gone about the process. Over the next couple of months we are holding more consultations, refining the strategy ready for publication at the end of April.
Thank you Audrey for arranging the meeting and fantastic venue, and above all, thank you to everyone who braved the weather to take part.
Posted by CF Trust at 13:05