NHS Public Engagement Practitioners Network

The Public Participation team in NHS England and NHS Improvement has been working with colleagues across the system to develop a public Engagement Practitioners Network which was launched in January 2020.

This interactive network is aimed at anyone in health and social care who is directly involved in undertaking public engagement work.

The purpose of the network is to:

  • Offer peer to peer support
  • Share knowledge, good practice, resources and approaches to engagement
  • Provide professional development and learning opportunities
  • Build a culture of engagement and a consistency of approach
  • Build a wider community of practice to support those who are interested in this field of work


As an engagement practitioner I know how hard it can be to find the right support.

It can be tough to find people to share frustrations and ideas with, constantly make the case for genuine involvement with people and communities and to remain committed to ensuring that people and communities are able to inform, influence and be involved in how our health and care system delivers for them and their families.

Olivia Butterworth, Head of Public Participation


You can read Olivia’s blog ‘Creating a people powered NHS‘ where she talks about the network and its benefits.

By joining the Engagement Practitioners Network, you will have the opportunity to stay updated and connected with your peers and find out the latest news via:

  • Monthly email updates
  • Online discussion forum
  • Learning, development and peer support opportunities
  • Face to face events

To sign up to this network, attend launch events and for monthly email updates, email the Public Participation team: england.epn@nhs.net

Register for Engage 2020, an inspiring virtual conference to support engagement professionals

The conference takes place from 16 – 27 November.  The programme brochure has over 60 sessions for you to choose from. You can book as many (or as few) sessions as you like, build your own conference programme to suit you! Be sure not to miss our ‘main stage’ keynote panel speakers on the 23 and 26 November.

The whole event has been co-designed with network members.

What to expect from Engage 2020:

  1. A wide range of health and care engagement professionals coming together to share ideas about new ways of working
  2. Opportunity to explore together the latest thinking about working in genuine partnership with people and communities
  3. An array of practical ideas, resources, insight and tools to take away
  4. Chance to build meet like-minded peers and build connections