Specialised commissioning patient and public voice (PPV) partner roles

Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners play a crucial role in specialised services and are represented throughout our boards/committees/groups to ensure that the views of patients, carers and the public are at the heart of all we do.

Specialised Commissioning is currently recruiting several PPV partner roles, which can be found below.

NHS England is committed to promoting equality and inclusion to ensure that our PPV partners reflect and represent our diverse population. We particularly encourage people from minority communities to apply.

If you require the recruitment information in another format, please get in touch: england.voice-crg@nhs.net.

Programme of Care (PoC) PPV vacancies

Specialised services commissioned by NHS England are grouped into six PoCs. Each PoC has a Board that provides leadership and oversight for the development and delivery of the work programme.

Specialised Commissioning is currently recruiting PPV partners to one of its PoCs:

PPV representation brings important views, perspectives and challenge. These roles are essential in championing the patient, public or carer viewpoint, ensuring the needs of the population are met through the outcomes of the programme.

Application documents:

Closing date: 8 January 2023

These are level 4 PPV positions meaning PPV partners can claim an involvement fee for the role. See NHS England’s reimbursing expenses and paying involvement payments policy for more information.

For further information please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net.

Clinical Reference Group (CRGs) vacancies

CRGs provide expert clinical advice and leadership on specialised services for a group of conditions or treatments. CRGs, with the support of working groups, lead on the development of clinical policies, service specifications and many other aspects of the commissioning of services.

Blood and infection

Specialised Commissioning is recruiting PPV partners to five CRGs in the Internal Medicine Programme of Care.

  • Blood and marrow transplantation – This clinical reference group covers Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) services. Also known as Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT), the intervention is used to treat a wide spectrum of haematological and, increasingly, non-haematological disorders. The most common clinical indications for HSCT are leukaemias, lymphomas and myeloma.
  • Specialised blood disorders – This clinical reference group covers haemophilia and other bleeding disorder services. Bleeding disorders are medical conditions in which the blood fails to clot properly. These conditions are rare in the general population, affecting around 24,000 people in the UK. Most are genetically inherited. They include Haemophilia A and B (classified as mild, moderate or severe), Von Willebrand disease and platelet disorders.
  • HIV – This clinical reference group covers human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) services. HIV is a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. An estimated 97,740 people were living with HIV in the UK at the end of 2020, of whom almost 4,660 (approx. 4.8%) were unaware of their infection.
  • Haemoglobinopathies – This clinical reference group covers sickle cell disease, thalassaemia and other very rare anaemias requiring lifelong transfusion and chelation. Haemoglobinopathies are complex disorders which although often grouped together and managed by the same specialist team, have distinct clinical manifestations and treatments.
  • Specialised immunology and allergy services – This clinical reference groups covers specialised treatment of certain immunological and allergic conditions.

Application documents:

Closing date: 8 January 2023

These are level 4 PPV positions meaning PPV partners can claim an involvement fee for the role. See NHS England’s reimbursing expenses and paying involvement payments policy for more information.

For further information please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net

Mental Health

  • Eating disorder services – This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers mental health services for people with eating disorders. The group will be a Transform CRG as eating disorders are a major NHS England priority area, with transformation across the whole pathway and integration of services between Provider Collaboratives and integrated care systems required, additionally this CRG will cover all-ages and span the whole pathway. The group will be actively engaged with and advise on key areas of change for eating disorders, it will be constituted accordingly, and clinical leadership will be provided by a national speciality advisor.
  • Child and adolescent mental health services – This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers secure and non-secure Child and young people mental health services (CYPMH), inclusive of eating disorders (male and female) services.
  • Adult secure services – This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers all high, medium and low secure adult services (male and female).
  • Perinatal mental health – This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers perinatal mental health services.

Application documents:

Closing date: 8 January 2023

These are level 4 PPV positions meaning PPV partners can claim an involvement fee for the role. See NHS England’s reimbursing expenses and paying involvement payments policy for more information.

For further information please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net.

Internal medicine

  • Hepatobiliary and pancreas – This clinical reference group covers the management of people with serious complications of cirrhosis (about 3,000 cases each year). Services for people with complex liver, biliary and pancreatic surgery (about 5,000 cases each year). This CRG works with the Infectious Diseases CRG on services for hepatitis C (about 10,000 treatments each year). This CRG will work closely with the Cancer Programme of Care regarding surgery for HPB cancers.
  • Renal services – Renal services deal with patients with kidney failure. Each year, in England, approximately 5,500 people start treatment for kidney failure and there are currently around 43,000 people receiving treatment for kidney failure. Around 4 in 10 people are treated by circulating their blood through a machine which cleans it of toxins (haemodialysis). This can be done either in hospital or at home. About 1 in 10 people are treated using the thin membrane that lines the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) as a filter. This is called peritoneal dialysis. Approximately half of these patients are treated by having a kidney transplant.
  • Specialised rheumatology – Rheumatology is a multidisciplinary branch of medicine that deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. This incorporates over 200 disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues, including inflammatory arthritis and other systemic autoimmune disorders, vasculitis, soft tissue conditions, spinal pain and metabolic bone disease.

Application documents

Closing date: 8 January 2023

These are level 4 PPV positions meaning PPV partners can claim an involvement fee for the role. See NHS England’s reimbursing expenses and paying involvement payments policy for more information.

For further information please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net.

Trauma

  • Rehabilitation, disability and spinal cord injury – The clinical reference group (CRG) covers complex rehabilitation and disability services, and spinal cord injury. Complex disability includes specialised prosthetics services, environmental controls (EC) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies.
  • Neurosurgery and spinal surgery – Previously our Neuroscience CRG, covered both neurosurgery and neurology, and these have now been separated out. This new CRG will cover both neurosurgery and complex spinal surgery.
  • Neurology – This clinical reference group (CRG) covers specialised neurology services.

Application documents:

Closing date: 8 January 2023

These are level 4 PPV positions meaning PPV partners can claim an involvement fee for the role. See NHS England’s reimbursing expenses and paying involvement payments policy for more information.

For further information please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net.

Medicines optimisation

  • Medicines optimisation – The Specialised Commissioning Medicines Optimisation Clinical Reference Group (CRG) works with experts from around the country to ensure that the NHS can achieve the best value for money when procuring high-cost medicines. The CRG also finds ways to ensure patients take their medicines as directed to improve their health and outcomes.

Application documents

Closing date: 8 January 2023

These are level 4 PPV positions meaning PPV partners can claim an involvement fee for the role. See NHS England’s reimbursing expenses and paying involvement payments policy for more information.

For further information please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net.

Quality and Governance Group (QGG)

 The Quality and Governance Group provides a forum for routinely and systematically bringing together both national and regional quality representatives to share insight and intelligence in relation to quality concerns and risks. It can also be used as a forum for sharing best practice and successful improvement initiatives. The Quality and Governance Group offers assurance to National Commissioned Group (NCG), Delegated Commissioning Group (DCG) and Executive Quality Group (EQG) that there is an effective system of quality governance and internal control across nationally and regionally commissioned specialised services that enables the delivery of sustainable, high quality of care.

Application documents

Closing date: 8 January 2023

These are level 4 PPV positions meaning PPV partners can claim an involvement fee for the role. See NHS England’s reimbursing expenses and paying involvement payments policy for more information.

For further information please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net.