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Help to shape health services

​Patient leaders are wanted for a pioneering programme training people to help shape South Devon’s health services.

The NHS is looking to work with patients, carers and anyone else who is enthusiastic about health and social care services in the South Hams, Torbay and Teignbridge.

The programme offers specific training to all participants so that they can work with clinicians and managers, deciding the redesign of health services now and for the future. Further details about the programme are here.

Organisations taking part in the programme are South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, Devon Partnership Trust, Mount Stuart Hospital and the Community Care Trust.  

Gill Gant, the CCG’s director of quality assurance and improvement, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local health services and the communities to work together to design and streamline services in a new and really exciting way.

“It is a new exciting way to look at patients being involved in health decision-making. Whoever you are, our patient leader programme has something to offer you.

“The programme gives our patients a chance to volunteer, get involved in the NHS and share in the decisions we make on behalf of you, your friends and your loved ones.”

The programme also gives people an opportunity to work with NHS South West Leadership Academy and the Centre for Patient Leadership, which helps people become influential health leaders who can change services for the better.

Mark Doughty, a patient with a long-term condition and founder of the Centre for Patient Leadership, said: “The patient as leader can bring something fresh, new and potentially life-changing to how we build a healthcare system for the 21st century.”

For more information, email patientfeedback.sdtccg@nhs.net.