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Friends of MARC

Friends of MARC are advisors for MARC through Patient & Public Involvement (PPI). INVOLVE defines public involvement in research as research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them.

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Friends of MARC is our latest initiative to engage more with the community we aim to serve. Friends of MARC are individuals who are invested in the ongoing work of MARC and advocate the work and activities of MARC. Often we find that our patients enjoy our trials so much that they cannot wait for the next, through the Friends of MARC scheme, they can continue their involvement with us.
Friends of MARC is based on Public & Patient Involvement in research which is crucial to ensure that research is done ‘with’ and ‘for’ patients, not ‘on’ or ‘about’. Through this, patients can take ownership of MARC and MARC activities that they not only engage with, but are proud to be a part of.
We are not only looking for patients and caregivers to become ‘friends of MARC’ we are including anyone that may have an invested interest in the work we do. For example, Healthcare Professionals from across our trust or local charity services.
To find out more about Public & Patient Involvement - click here for the INVOLVE website
As a Friend of MARC, you could be asked to complete various tasks including:
  • Focus groups to discuss papers/journal articles
  • Providing feedback on leaflets, websites or other communication tools
  • Producing content for our quarterly newsletter (which is sent to every Healthcare Professional related to dementia services within the trust).
  • Advising us on assessments and different research activities
  • Public speaking or presenting about MARC and MARC research
There is a wide range of different activities and just because you sign up to become a Friend of MARC, you are not expected to complete every task; only those that you choose to.

If you are interested in learning more about the Friends of MARC or becoming a Friend of MARC, do contact us.

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