HD Voice

What is HD Voice?

 

HD Voice is an initiative by the Huntington’s Disease Association that gives families a voice in Huntington’s disease research and the internal work of the Huntington’s Disease Association.

Your involvement

What does it involve?

 

Research

Assisting the Huntington’s Disease Association with requests from researchers across a variety of tasks such as commenting on a proposed piece of research, attending a focus group or reviewing patient information sheets. Occasionally there are requests for volunteers to become longer-term ‘patient’ representatives on research projects. In general HD Voice is about supporting research and not being a participant in the research, however, we do also circulate relevant surveys etc, so members of HD Voice can respond as they see fit.

 

Internal work

Assisting the Huntington's Disease Association with internal work such as updates to web pages/literature and having a role in the planning and development of Huntington's Disease Association projects. We believe that HD Voice enables, research and resources to be more relevant to the needs and concerns of the people that matter most.

Join HD Voice

To become a part of HD Voice, please download and fill out the below application form and return it to us by emailing [email protected] or posting it back to us on the below address.

Huntington’s Disease Association,

Suite 24, Liverpool Science Park,

131 Mount Pleasant,

Liverpool, L3 5TF

 

Click here to download

FAQ

Who can become a member of HD Voice? 

  • Those who have experience of Huntington’s disease as someone with Huntington’s, carers (including bereaved carers), a person at risk or who has tested negative. 
  • Those who have confidence in working with a mixed group of patients, carers, health professionals, researchers and Huntington’s Disease Association staff. 
  • Willing to share their experiences within the group.

How often will I be asked to get involved?

We have little control over the requests that we receive, but currently, requests are average about once a month.

 

How long will I have to respond?

Each request will have its own timescale, we aim to give around two weeks for feedback but this will depend on the request.

 

How will I input?

We will usually invite you to a zoom call to discuss a topic or send information by email.

 

You can download the HD Voice information sheet below.

Will I have to respond to all the requests that are sent out?

We ask that you respond wherever a request is relevant to your experience/circumstances. The more responses we have gives the widest perspective.

 

How do I give feedback?

This will depend on the project, it may be within a zoom call, we may ask you to fill in an online survey (using survey monkey) or we may ask you to email responses. If you respond directly to a researcher, we ask that you let us know about your involvement (with an approximation of time spent) so we can track the output of the group. If you are involved in an ongoing project (perhaps on a steering committee) we ask that you let us know about meetings you are attending / work that you are inputting, with an approximation of time spent (either each time you have involvement or drop an email on a monthly basis).

 

Will I receive training?

We are planning to trial the use of training webinars for the group.

 

Will I get paid?

Members of HD Voice are volunteers. You will be reimbursed for travel costs associated with HD Voice, where this has been pre-agreed. Where external researchers are asking for HD Voice to support their research they will be expected to cover expenses.

 

What if I decide I don’t want to be involved anymore?

If you join but later decide you don’t want to take part please let us know as soon as possible

Click here to download