David Gilbert is Director of InHealth Associates. He is a former mental health service user and author of ‘The Patient Revolution – how we can heal the healthcare system’. He has 35 years experience of working with, and for patients. He was the first Patient Director in the NHS at the Sussex MSK Partnership (Central) and has been Head of Patients and the Public at the Commission for Health Improvement, and Patient and Public Involvement Director at NHS Croydon. He has also worked at the Kings Fund, OPM and Consumer Association.
He set up InHealth Associates ten years ago. He was co-founder of The Centre for Patient Leadership that originated the notion of patient leaders and patient leadership and was awarded ‘star leader’ status in the HSJ/NHS England Patient Leader Awards.
David is a leading thinker and doer in the field of patient and public engagement and is a respected strategist, facilitator, researcher, trainer, writer, connector and communicator. He has worked with over a hundred local, national and international organisations to help develop effective ways that patients can be true partners in health and healthcare.
He is a published poet and Writer In Residence at The Bethlem Gallery. He lives with Susan and his two children, Samuel and Adam in North London.