Garry McDowell

Garry McDowell

Garry McDowell is a Reader in Clinical Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has a background as a Clinical Biochemist. Garry is also an experienced clinical researcher.


  • Thank you Jack and Magnus for your feedback. Much appreciated. Great news that you enjoyed the course.

  • Managing change and ensuring all colleagues engage can be challenging. Can you engage with a small number of colleagues at first to show the benefits of your innovation. As a team you can then help introduce your innovation. Dont forget to use the power of a team approach. Training is also important and your team can help train other colleagues.

  • Excellent thanks Jack. What about other stakeholders. Could the new ablation technique have implications for GPs and the NHS as a whole. Would it reduce morbidity/mortality.

    Are there any other baseline measures that are important?

  • Thats true, but how could you minimise these. What do you mean by a flexible approach as that too can lead to bias.

  • Good suggestions here, but don't forget any technique used to gather opinions can be subject to bias. You could also consider other techniques to help you explore the data you collect in other ways to help reduce the any potential bias

  • Thanks Claire and Jack. Whether a business case is required will depend on your local policies and procedures. That said, a business case can be a really good way to get everyone to think about the costs and benefits of a new idea or approach to delivering a service. Remember that sometimes a new service may cost more money, but save money elsewhere in the...

  • Thanks for sharing Jack. Yes cost pressures are important. Innovation can be important in helping control costs.

  • Hello everyone, congratulations on completing week 1 and welcome to week 2.
    Hope you enjoy week 2. Look forward to reading your comments.

  • Thats a really good question. The stakeholder and role of stakeholder could vary from discipline to discipline and may depend on how patient facing the role of the innovator is.

  • Quiz coming up in next step. Please do have a go.

  • 'Town Hall Meeting' is a new term to me. Is that like a focus group or more or less informal. How do you manage a town hall meeting. Sounds an interesting idea.

  • Thank you for contributing. Innovation should be a joint effort and the most effective innovations often are. Remember to engage your colleagues outside of your discipline. You may be able to increase your impact (but more on impact in a couple of weeks).

  • Thank you for your observations. Don't forget that research and innovation, while two slightly different topics, can inform each other. To be a good innovator, you also need to be aware of the latest research in your area. With so much material being published, how do you keep up to date with it all?

  • Welcome everyone. Its great to see a range of experiences and job roles, from academic to clinical laboratory and direct patient facing clinical roles.

  • Some great suggestions here. Focus groups can be really helpful, but you also need to think about how to manage the group. If there is a diverse range of opinions then messages can be diluted. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep a focus group on track, but not make it too restrictive so participants don't feel disengaged?