Top tips for patients – getting involved

If getting involved in shaping healthcare services is all new to you. Here are our five top tips to get you started.

  1. Consider how much time you have to get involved and look for opportunities which match the time you have available.
  2. Don’t worry if you don’t understand NHS jargon! You should receive support to help understand the words that are used and any necessary information and training.
  3. If you are getting involved in a formal role and also work, check with your employer whether you are entitled to paid time off. If you are not employed, speak to Jobcentre Plus about your plans.
  4. Think about your reasons for getting involved and what you hope to achieve.
  5. Ask questions about what will be expected of you and what support you will get if you are getting involved in a more formal role.

You can find out more about some of the opportunities to get involved in the work of the NHS by reading the sections on the left.