People are messy

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in collaboration with the Clinical Research Network are showcasing the diversity of health and social care research in ‘People are Messy’.

The event will begin with a film screening of ‘People are Messy’, a Theatre of Debate production which shows the dramatisation of patient and public involvement within health research. This will be followed by an interactive session involving a structured question and answer session, where the audience will be asked to participate and contribute to a national survey. There will be an opportunity to find out about local initiatives and how you can get involved in health research. Please note, the film is hard-hitting and contains mild language.

“This fabulous, entertaining and moving film goes to the heart of why involving patients and the public is so important to science and to society.” – Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public

This is part of a series of NIHR events around the United Kingdom to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day 2017. To find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved, visit Don’t forget to get involved on social media using the hashtag #IAmResearch.

Find your local showing of People are Messy

‘People are Messy’ will be shown at several locations across the UK, some are included below.

Cambridgeshire: Wednesday 07 June 2017, 09:30 – 16:00

The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4BB

Tickets are free but limited. Please click here to order your ticket for the Ely showing of ‘People are Messy’ on Wednesday 07 June 2017.

City of London: Saturday 10 June 2017, 09:30 – 16:00

Governor’s Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, City of London SE1 7EH

Tickets are free but limited. Please click here to order your ticket for the London showing of ‘People are Messy’ on Saturday 10 June 2017.

Greater Manchester: Wednesday 14 June 2017, 10:30 – 13:00

Nowgen Centre, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 29 Grafton Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M13 9WU

Tickets are free but limited. Please click here to order your ticket for the Manchester showing of ‘People are Messy’ on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Merseyside: Friday, 16 June 2017, 12:00 – 16:00

Education Centre & Lecture Theatre at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University     Hospitals NHS Trust, Prescot Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L7 8XP

Tickets are free but limited. Please click here to order your ticket for the Liverpool showing of ‘People are Messy’ on Friday 16 June 2017.



Written by simonrstones

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) is a multi-award winning patient advocate, consultant and researcher from Bolton in the United Kingdom. He was recognised in 2019 as one of the top 100 most influential people with disabilities in the UK, and was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with chronic conditions and invisible illnesses, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood, as well as a carer for his mother. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK and RAiISE, board member of the European Network for Children with Arthritis (ENCA) and President of the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).

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