Current opportunities to get involved

Coaching/mentoring offer – for people representing patient voice in the NHS

NHS England has developed a coaching/mentoring development opportunity for Patient and Public Voice partners (PPVs). We are offering places to PPVs who are currently volunteering with NHS England or are supporting transformation programmes in Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) or Integrated Care Systems (ICS) on a regular basis. The coaching would be provided by accredited employee coaches who also coach and mentor NHS England employees.

This development opportunity is aimed at strengthening patient voice. Initially we have 20 places available. This opportunity does not attract any type of payment. Expenses incurred would be covered as per our expenses guidance; these are expected to be minimal as the majority of the sessions would be conducted by telephone/skpe wherever possible.


· We would anticipate that you would have been volunteering for a minimum of six months representing patient voice.
· We will consider location as part of the criteria to get a spread across the country and to fit with coach/mentor availability
· You will need to have a specific issue related to your role which you would like to work through with your coach/mentor. This should be something that will help you increase your effectiveness in representing patient voice (this will remain confidential between yourself and your coach/mentor)

Deadline for all applications is midnight 2 November 2018. If you are interested, please email: requesting an application form and more details. As part of your application you will need to be sponsored by your lead person in the organisation you are volunteering with.


NHS England Individual Funding Request (IFR) panel recruiting a Chair

NHS England operates a national Individual Funding Request (IFR) Policy for the services it commissions: specialised services; armed forces; Health & Justice; and secondary dental services.

The IFR Policy is based on fairness, equity and ethical decision making principles. There is a national IFR Panel who work to the published NHS England IFR Policy to consider funding of treatments for individual cases and each request will be processed by following the NHS England IFR Standard Operating Procedure. This ensures that all requests are considered in a consistent, fair and transparent way, with decisions based on the available clinical evidence and the NHS England commissioning principles.

We are recruiting to the position of the Chair of the NHS England IFR Panel.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and commitment. The chair is expected to have a high level understanding and interest in healthcare issues, NHS England and the wider environment in which it operates. The chair will be required to provide strong leadership for the IFR Panel and, working alongside its members, holding responsibility for making decisions on the funding of treatments for individual patients.

The national Panel meets approximately 3 times a month to consider IFR applications. Reimbursement will be based on two days’ work per panel, one for preparation and one for the meeting.

If you are interested in working with NHS England, then please email  further information on the IFR Chair role.

The closing date for all applications is midnight Sunday 21 October 2018.


PPV members needed for the Specialised Clinical Frailty Programme

NHS England is looking to recruit two Patient and Public Voice members to be part of the programme meeting that steers this programme of work.

The Specialised Clinical Frailty Programme is a newly established programme that is aiming to improve NHS specialised services for older people living with frailty. Phase 1 of the programme aims to explore opportunities of identification of frailty in specialised services and explore how more frailty-focussed care pathways might improve patient outcomes for complex treatments.

NHS England is committed to ensuring that public and patient voices are at the centre of shaping our healthcare services. Every level of our commissioning system needs to be informed by insightful methods of listening to those who use and care about our services to inform service development.

PPV representation will bring important views, perspective and challenge into the Specialised Clinical Frailty Programme.

If you are interested in working with NHS England as a PPV partner, then please email further information on the Specialised Clinical Frailty Programme PPV role.

The closing date for all applications is midnight Sunday 28 October 2018.


Patient and Public Voice Partner for NHS England’s Continuing Healthcare Regional Delivery Board

Are you interested in representing the voice of patients, families, carers and the public on the Regional Delivery Board which oversees CHC in London? If so, this role could be for you.

NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS. The NHS funds such care to meet health and associated social care needs that have arisen because of disability, accident or illness, following an assessment by a team of clinicians and social care staff. NHS England has a range of roles in leading, improving and assuring the quality of Continuing Healthcare.

The purpose of the Continuing Healthcare Regional Delivery Board in London is to monitor adherence to standards of practice, monitor key metrics, escalate and report concerns to other regional and national bodies, and ensure that improvement work around Continuing Healthcare is properly aligned with other work in the Region.

Applicants must have a commitment to improving patient experience for people being assessed for or receiving Continuing Healthcare. They will champion a service user, patient, carer and family viewpoint, ensuring that their needs are met through the delivery of Continuing Healthcare throughout the London Region.

Successful applicants are likely to have direct experience of Continuing Healthcare, which could include the assessment process, the delivery of care, or appeals about eligibility.

The selected Board Member can receive an involvement payment of £150 per full day (or £75 per half day) for an estimated time commitment of 12 days per year. This is in line with the NHS England Patient and Public Voice Expenses policy. Membership of the group is for 12 months initially, at which point membership will be reviewed.

For an informal conversation please contact Paul Butler at or on 07876 852170.

The closing date for applications is 1 November. Due to planned staff absence shortlisted applicants will be contacted after 21November. We are aiming to interview in late November.