In January 2016, young people involved in research at Evelina London Children’s Hospital came together to share their thoughts on research in an innovative and artistic way.
The special graphic facilitation event, which was organised in collaboration with our Biomedical Research Centre, gave our volunteers the chance to express themselves and provide us with invaluable feedback about the way in which we conduct our research trails with children and young people.
The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London is dedicated to involving its patient advisers and research volunteers in shaping how the service continues to grow and develop. As part of this ongoing commitment, continuous efforts are made to ensure that they can actively participate and have their say.
A joyous Leap of Faith
One concept discussed during the session was of a joyous ‘Leap of Faith’ sprang from a conversation about the implications of involving children and young people in medical research. The group were well aware that their altruistic involvement in clinical trials brought with it the potential for associated risks, however they collectively agreed that these dangers were much less significant than those caused by children not being able to receive the best possible medication.
The group went on to work a well positioned Trampoline into their vignette. Symbolising the reassurance they all took from the professionalism of the research team, how well co-ordinated their involvement is and how carefully monitored they all are. The circular design that makes up the flexible fabric of their support, literally makes use of a Target to illustrate a focused and targeted approach. Painted in the colours of the Evelina London logo, the original jumping off point for this particular aspect of their visual metaphor had been a Safety Net, though this was quickly replaced as it was seen as too passive compared to the Biomedical Research Centre’s dynamic approach to involving children, young people and their families.