Fifth Sense are partnering with clinicians from the ENT Department at Newcastle Freeman Hospital to launch a survey focusing on patients’ experiences with the medical profession and their journey through the healthcare system. This will result in a valuable piece of research that we can use as part of our ongoing efforts to highlight the need for improved medical services for people affected by smell and taste disorders.
Fifth Sense members will have the opportunity to share their experiences and feed into the design of the survey at a free event at the Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Saturday 24th November. The final survey will then be sent out to all Fifth Sense members via email.
The event will be led by Fifth Sense volunteer Joanne Dixon and Steve Ball, Specialist Registrar at Freeman Hospital. We’re also very excited that sensory map maker Kate McLean, who participated in our 2015 Members Conference, will also be involved. Kate and her colleague Rachel Hancock will be creating a visual interpretation of the data collected by the survey.
Timings of the event will be confirmed in due course but it is likely to start mid-morning and finish mid-afternoon. Lunch will be provided. Please note that places are limited to 50 people. If you’d like to attend then please contact Joanne Dixon by email at Newcastle@fifthsense.org.uk before Friday 9th November.
The event is being supported by a successful funding application to Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Tilly Hale Award. The award was established to support projects that facilitates connections between the Faculty (which Steve is part of) and the voluntary and community sector. This is a really exciting opportunity that has resulted from the close collaboration between Fifth Sense and clinicians Steve Ball and Sean Carrie and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank them for their ongoing support. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event.