It is all about how Patient Leaders – those affected by life-changing illness, injury or disability, including carers – can influence decision-making in healthcare through partnership working. It is founded in the passion, insight and wisdom that people bring from the caves of suffering; also the ‘frozen assets’ – those qualities people had, or still have through their personal and professional lives – that were disrupted and need thawing out.
Recent NICE Guidance on Shared Decision Making has endorsed the notion of Patient Leadership by saying that all healthcare organisations and systems should consider employing a Patient Director, alongside others in improvement and governance roles who have healthcare conditions.
This is a six-month programme during which you will learn:
You will develop knowledge and understanding of patient leadership in practice through a mixture of taught material, external presenters, interactive discussion, group learning and ongoing support.
It is for BOTH patients/carers & staff (clinical, non-clinical, managers, policy makers) at local, system-wide and national level – in statutory services, third sector, research, training and education, regulation, commissioning and policy-making
The Applied Patient Leadership Programme is suitable for people who have been through the Foundations in Patient Leadership Programme and those starting off who want to apply their expertise in practice. It is particularly suitable as a programme of learning and support for those involved in engagement activities who want a chance to reflect and get support along the way.
The course comprises six, four-hour sessions each month, delivered remotely via zoom. Each session will comprise a mixture of content delivery, external expert input, the offer of conceptual frameworks, small and plenary group discussions and ongoing peer support. Each participant will also receive individual mentoring support between each session.
The cost of the programme is £650 for 30 hours learning. That works out at about £20/hour.
The next intake for the Applied Programme will take place in early 2022. Provisional dates are as follows, although we will try to be flexible according to participants' circumstances.
Sessions will take place between 9:30am and 2:00pm (UK time).
We will adapt the programme to people’s needs. But broadly:
We will look at the background to Patient Leadership – where it came from and what it means and why it augments (and challenges) traditional approaches to patient and public engagement.
These sessions will explore the qualities of an effective patient leader. This will look at intra-personal and interpersonal qualities (such as relational skills), then look more broadly at what one needs to navigate systems and have deeper organisational influence. We will explore some key qualities in more depth, depending on needs, such as:
Moving on to consider the support needed to be an effective patient leader and how to create the conditions for patient leadership. This includes looking at the role of clinical and non-clinical staff. And we will look in depth at models to embed patient leadership, such as the Patient Leadership Triangle. We will look in detail at the role of a Patient Director.
An opportunity to reflect and plan next steps.
I wish all involved in healthcare could attend this course. David's training was insightful, thought-provoking & developed my knowledge of approaches and attitudes towards meaningful service user engagement. It built my confidence and helped me to understand that my 'skills' have value. I have been empowered in my role.
I did the first cycle of this and thoroughly recommend it - provides both helpful framework for critical thinking and more practical strategy tips for getting things done. Well worth attending!