Current opportunities to get involved

Patient and public voice partner – East of England Palliative and End of Life Care Strategic Clinical Network

Three patient and public voice (PPV) partners are sought for the East of England Palliative and End of Life Care Strategic Clinical Network (PEoLC SCN).

Patient and public voice partners are people who are willing to share their perspective and experience with NHS England to inform health and care services in a range of different ways. PPV partners include patients, service users, carers, families and other members of the public.

If you have personal experience of palliative and / or end of life care and would like to help shape the future delivery of care across the eastern region we would like to hear from you. You will have experience of virtual meeting systems such as Microsoft Teams and an ability to share your lived experience and views with a wide range of partners in working group meetings. Approximate time commitment is 3 to 4 hours per month. All reasonable out of pocket expenses will be met. You will have access to a named contact within NHSE, induction training in addition to access to resources, training and learning opportunities as part of the Involvement Hub, and through supporting networking and connecting with other PPV Partners and with those working in the NHS.

Here is the role description for patient and public voice partners .

For further information contact: Jo Tonkin , Interim Network Manager , East of England Palliative and End of Life Care Strategic Clinical Network , Joanne.tonkin@nhs.net or call 07783 820501

 

 

Patient and public voice expert advisor – East of England Palliative and End of Life Care Strategic Clinical Network

A patient and public voice expert advisor is sought for the East of England Palliative and End of Life Care Strategic Clinical Network (PEoLC SCN).

Patient and public voice expert advisors are people who are willing to share their perspective and experience with NHS England to inform health and care services in a range of different ways. Expert advisors include patients, service users, carers, families and other members of the public.

The role involves ensuring the voice of patients, their families and the public are represented on the PEoLC SCN Group. This is a senior partner role that involves strategic and accountable leadership and decision-making activity. In this role the expert advisor will use their skills and experience in a variety of ways including:

  • Attending the PEoLC SCN Group to represent the views of patients, carers, families and the public.
  • Providing training or presentations at SCN meetings, events and conferences.
  • Chairing or co-chairing meetings or events.
  • Be involved in PEoLC SCN discussions and decision making.

If you have personal experience of palliative and / or end of life care and would like to help shape the future delivery of care across the eastern region we would like to hear from you. You will have experience of virtual meeting systems such as Microsoft Teams and an ability to share your lived experience and views with a wide range of partners in working group meetings. You would attend monthly PEoLC SCN Team, group, and educational meetings and join workstream group meetings as appropriate. These meetings are anticipated to run for approximately 2 hours, with up to an hour of pre-meeting preparation reading involved.

Approximate time commitment is equivalent to 1 day per month (8 hours). An honorarium payment of £150 will be paid for this role per month in addition to all reasonable associated expenses.

You will have access to a named contact within NHSE, induction training in addition to access to resources, training and learning opportunities as part of the Involvement Hub, and through supporting networking and connecting with other Expert Advisors and with those working in the NHS.

Here is the role description for PPV expert advisor .

For further information contact: Jo Tonkin, Interim Network Manager,East of England Palliative and End of Life Care Strategic Clinical Network , Joanne.tonkin@nhs.net or call 07783 820501

 

Patient and public voice (PPV) partners with experience of long COVID required to support NHS England and NHS Improvement Long COVID Programme

COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last for weeks or months, this is known as Long COVID syndrome (this is also known as post COVID syndrome).  The symptoms of long COVID are wide ranging and can fluctuate. In October 2020 NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced a five-point plan to boost NHS support for people with Long COVID. The NHS support for this is overseen by the NHS England and NHS Improvement long COVID taskforce.

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on many who already face disadvantage and discrimination. The impact of the virus has been particularly harsh for people living in areas of high deprivation, on ethnic minorities and on older people, men, those with a learning disability and others with protected characteristics.

By working with people with lived experience of long COVID from diverse demographic backgrounds, we can develop inclusive patient-centred health services for people with long COVID.

We need  (PPV) partners to help us achieve this. PPV partners include patients, service users, carers, families and other members of the public who are willing to share their perspective and lived experience.

We are recruiting two levels of PPV partners: five PPV partners (Role 4) to join the long COVID taskforce and subgroups and a wider group of PPV partners (Role 3) to create a patient and public advisory group. Please visit the PPV partners policy for more information on these roles.

For both roles, we will recruit based on the need for breadth of experience and representation across different groups, as we need to ensure we are hearing as wide a range of voices as possible.

PPV partners role four

PPV partners role four will attend the long COVID Taskforce and other workstream meetings (including long COVID Health Inequalities workstream) as appropriate. More detail will be provided in the application pack sent to you should you express interest in these roles, but experience of the following will be helpful:

  • Lived experience of long COVID as a patient, Carer, family member or representative of a long COVID peer support group/community group.
  • Experience of speaking in large groups, and of interacting with multiple stakeholders at senior management level.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and constructively, be pragmatic and able to focus on what is achievable.
  • The ability to take an impartial and balanced view during discussions of complex and emotive subjects.
  • Good communication, listening, interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Self-awareness and an ability and desire to develop collaborative working relationships with a range of stakeholders and peers.
  • Experience of representing a patient / Carer / citizen voice on formal committees and / or as part of high-level programmes.
  • Ability to understand and evaluate a range of information and evidence, including complex, lengthy documents and data.
  • Good understanding of, and commitment to, equality and diversity and health inclusion.
  • Understand the need for confidentiality

Health inequalities is a key focus for the work being undertaken and it is part of the PPV partner role to represent people who face health inequalities. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Role four is a strategic and accountable role involving leadership and decision- making activity. Therefore PPV partners role four, will be entitled to claim an involvement payment in line with the NHS England PPV reimbursement policy. If you would like to discuss in advance of requesting an application pack, please contact: sarah.cooper49@nhs.net.

PPV partners role three

PPV partners role three will be members of the long COVID advisory forum. The NHSEI long COVID programme aims for membership to represent as many of the following groups as possible in order to inform a truly integrated offer to our long COVID communities, including those most often excluded.

  • Representation of a wide range of experience of long COVID (e.g admission to hospital; non-admission to hospital; various experience of the range of long COVID symptoms; access to assessment and treatment; non-access to assessment and treatment).
  • Representation from protected characteristics
  • Representation from a wide demographic background
  • Representation from inclusion health groups, for example, asylum seekers and refugees; Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; rough sleepers; homeless people and sex workers.
  • Representation of socio-economic status and deprivation.
  • Representation of living in urban and rural communities
  • Representation for children and young people.

The long COVID advisory group will receive information on proposed policies, the proposed developments of the service pathway from Taskforce and workstream leads who will attend the advisory group, or provide accessible information to allow meaningful feedback. Members of the advisory group will feedback on such proposals to inform development and delivery. Members of the advisory group will also feedback intelligence to the Taskforce from their own experience and networks.

The long COVID Advisory group member will bring experience of one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have lived experience of long COVID as a patient, Carer, family member or representative of Long COVID peer support group/community group
  • Be an influential and active member of a wider patient/ public voice organisation, network or forum
  • Have a credible and respected reputation among peers and those health and care leaders they have worked with.
  • Be able to reach out to – and work with – a wide range of people, reflecting the diversity of communities.

For PPV partners role 3, in accordance with the NHSE PPV partner policy, reasonable out of pocket expenses will be covered.

It should be as easy for disabled people to be involved as it is for people who are not disabled. This is called making reasonable adjustments. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments, such as information in different formats or having a telephone conversation before meetings to help you prepare by emailing sarah.cooper49@nhs.net  or calling 07718130562

If you wish to apply for the PPV partner role four, the PPV partner role three, or both PPV partner roles,  please email Sharan.flora@nhs.net stating the role(s) you wish to apply for and an application pack will be provided.

The deadline for applications is 30 April.

 

 

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.

At the moment, there are several vacancies available on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website:

  • 18 x Non-executive director posts
  • 5 x Associate Non-executive director posts
  • STP/ICS Independent Chair post

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