Current opportunities to get involved

User representative needed for the Perinatal Equity Task and Finish Group

Are you interested in the development and transformation of maternity care for mothers, babies and families with a focus on perinatal equity?

NHS England and Improvement South East is seeking to recruit a service user for the regional Perinatal Equity Task and Finish Group. This is a key role in providing women’s views and a user perspective. You will also be part of and support the development of the Perinatal Equity Public Narrative Support offer with NHS Horizons.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to and support change for women and their families in the South East of England. This is achieved through the implementation of the national Perinatal Equity Framework (due to be published soon).

This role requires leadership and strategic planning skills, knowledge of maternity services issues, experience of service user involvement and enthusiasm for innovation and continuous improvement.  It will be an incredibly interesting and varied role for someone who is committed to improving maternity services in the South East of England for the benefit of the whole community.

We estimate that the role will require a commitment equivalent to 10 days per year, which can be worked flexibly, aside from scheduled meetings. Under NHS England and Improvements patient and public voice policy, this is an Expert Advisor role (role 4) and therefore receives an involvement payment of £150 per day and out of pocket expenses. There will be an induction programme and the availability of some informal mentoring from a current MTP Board user representative. The tenure is until March’22.

Applications from people from ethnic minorities are particularly invited. You can find more about this role in the information pack.

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact: Gulnar Irani, Maternity Programme Manager: email gulnar.irani@nhs.net / mobile 07730 375432

To apply, please complete the application form_2021 and equal opportunities monitoring form and e-mail to neha.sharma6@nhs.net by midnight 1 August 2021.

Interviews are planned for during week commencing 9 August 2021 and will be via Microsoft Teams.

 

Patient and public voice partner needed to be part of  guidelines steering group

We are looking for two patient and public voice partners (PPVs) to join its new Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Support (Chaplaincy) Guidelines Steering Group.

The Steering Group will drive the development of new Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Support (Chaplaincy) Guidelines, to ensure patient-care is the focus of the guidelines and that NHS values around inclusion and patient choice are upheld.

All applicants must be able to:

  • display sound judgement and an ability to be objective.
  • put forward views on behalf of wider community/groups of patients (not just present their own opinion).

Please note that applicants do not need to have experience of using chaplaincy services, but some baseline knowledge of how chaplaincy services can help patients and their families is beneficial.

Participation in the group is for eight months initially. Meetings will take place virtually (using MS Teams), once a month for two hours (with some preparation and other tasks expected in-between). Dates will be confirmed and circulated in advance.

Successful applicants can receive an involvement payment of £150 per day (for those people not representing or supported by an organisation) for an estimated time commitment of six days per year. This is in line with the NHS England Patient and Public Voice Expenses policy.

For an information pack and details of how to apply please email england.voluntarypartnerships@nhs.net.

The closing date for applications is 6 August 2021 with interviews expected to take place week commencing 16 August.

 

Patient and public voice partners needed to be part of the Pelvic Floor Health Programme

We are seeking to recruit Patient and Public Voice Partner’s for the Pelvic Floor Health Programme (for more details see information pack).  All applicants must have a commitment to improving care for women presenting with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and rectal prolapse. There are currently 2 vacancies available; one to join the Pelvic Floor Oversight Group which oversees the progress of the programme as a whole, and another to join a specific work stream on developing a ‘best practice’ pathway, which will help build on existing NICE guidance and make care pathways for SUI, POP and rectal prolapse more personalised with tools for assisting the shared decision making process on treatment.

The Patient and Public Voice Partner should have either personal experience of SUI, POP or rectal prolapse which may include having had a pelvic mesh implant or rectopexy or be in close contact with patients through an associated support network.  We welcome applications from patients who have had positive or negative experiences.  Further details about this role can be found in the information pack.

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact: debbie.pedlow@nhs.net

To apply, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form and e-mail to debbie.pedlow@nhs.net by 23:59 Wednesday 11 August 2021.

Successful applicants can receive an involvement payment of £150 per day (for those people not representing or supported by an organisation). This is in line with the NHS England Patient and Public Voice Expenses policy.

 

Virtual patient engagement workshop on general practice, 5 August 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement have committed through Investment and Evolution and GP Contract Update to deliver a single, combined access offer through the Network Contract Direct Enhanced Service (DES), bringing together the current extended hours funding under the DES and the CCG commissioned extended access services. The nationally consistent offer is to be developed and discussed with GPC England and patient groups, reflecting what works best in existing local schemes. The transfer of responsibility and funding will take place in April 2022.

As part of our ambition to improve access to general practice services, we would like to invite you to join us at a virtual workshop for patients and patient organisations on Thursday 5 August at 1pm – 5pm.  The aims of the workshop are:

  • to share feedback from recent engagement on
    • current models of delivery and what we have learned from them and
    • how they are shaping our approach for improving extended access; and
  • to listen and learn from patient and the public experiences of access to general practice services, exploring:
    • What are patient preferences for access to general practice services in extended hours?
    • How do we make sure patients understand how to access general practice services?  Can this be more intuitive?
    • Do preferences differ by patient group and what are the implications of that?

The outputs from the workshops will be analysed for themes, trends and patient stories.  The findings will be added to other gathered evidenced and views and feed into policy discussions for improving access and where appropriate.

Email Erika.sutcliffe@nhs.net to confirm your attendance and an invitation with links will be sent to you.

If you are unable to join a meeting or if you prefer, we can send a template for you to give feedback on the themes we are discussing at the event.

 

People with experience of maternity services needed for Regional Maternity Transformation Board

 Are you interested in the development and transformation of maternity care for women, babies and families?

NHS England North West Regional team is seeking to recruit a Service User Representative Board Member for the Regional Maternity Transformation Programme (MTP) Board.  This is a key role in providing women’s views to the North Region MTP Board and steering the development of a North West Regional Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP) Network.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to women and their families in England, supporting change under the direction of the Maternity Transformation Programme.  The service user representative should have either personal experience of using maternity services or be in close contact with service users through a Maternity Voices Partnership.  The role will be interesting and varied working on a number of projects and requires someone who is committed to improving maternity services in the North West Region of England for the benefit of the whole community.

This role requires:

  • leadership and strategic planning skills,
  • knowledge of maternity services issues and solutions,
  • an understanding of maternity-related evidence,
  • experience of service user engagement and coproduction,
  • enthusiasm for innovation and continuous improvement.

We estimate that the role will require a commitment equivalent to 16- 20 days per year, which can be worked flexibly, aside from scheduled meetings.  Under NHS England’s Patient and Public Voice policy, this is an Expert Advisor Role (Level 4) and therefore can receive an involvement payment of £150 per day and out of pocket expenses for travel and childcare.  The tenure is until September 2022 and will be reviewed thereafter.

Email Nicole.whitehead3@nhs.net to request an application form and information. The deadline to apply is midnight Sunday 22 August 2021

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact either:

Sue Ainsworth, Regional Chief Midwife: email susan.ainsworth6@nhs.net  or Michelle Waterfall, Deputy Regional Chief Midwife: email michelle.waterfall2@nhs.net

Completed applications should be sent to susan.ainsworth6@nhs.net  or  michelle.waterfall2@nhs.net.

Interviews are planned for week commencing 6 September  and will be offered via Microsoft Teams.

Non-executive appointments

NHS England and NHS Improvement advertise non-executive vacancies for NHS Trusts and Independent Chair posts for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)/Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships(STPs) across England.