PHWE has new public contributor co-chair

We are delighted to be able to announce that Martin Gregg, has agreed to take on the role of public contributor co-chair for People in Health West of England. Martin will be sharing this role with Julie Hapeshi, our professional co-chair. Martin is a lay member of South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with specific responsibility for Patient and Public Involvement and Equalities. We are all looking forward to working with Martin in his new role as co-chair.

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Job Opportunity with Patient and Community Leadership Programme for Bristol – Project Coordinator Freelance

Bristol Community Health, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and North Bristol NHS Trust are working in collaboration with NHS England and People in Health West of England to deliver an innovative Patient and Community Leadership programme in Bristol. The programme will be co-designed and co-delivered by Mark Doughty, Director at the Centre for Patient Leadership and Kings Fund Associate. The outcome of the programme is to develop a group of patient and community leaders who will use their confidence, knowledge, skills and experiences to work collaboratively with health care leaders as partners for positive change and improvement.

We are seeking a Project Co-ordinator on a freelance, fixed-term basis to actively support the planning and delivery of the programme. We are seeking someone who is inspired by people and communities, ensuring their voice changes health services for the better. Working closely with a small steering group of staff from the partner organisations, your exciting role will ensure energised participation in the programme from across the city and you will act as the central point of contact for programme participants and operational elements of the programme.

We are looking for a highly organised and dynamic person who will deliver on a varied workload; to make positive contact with and provide ongoing support to programme participants. Working with the programme partners and other stakeholders to encourage collaboration to enable a successful programme to be delivered; engaging new and diverse communities as participants in what we see as an innovative approach to engagement in the local health service.

Fee of £5,250 for 30 days between August and December 2016 (majority of time in August and September)

If you believe that local citizens can shape the future of the health service in the area, we’d love to hear from you.

For further information: Please see Role Profile – PCL Project Coordinator

How to apply: Please send a CV and covering letter that explains why you are the right person for the role (in no more than 1 side of A4) to

Closing date: Midday on Sunday 31st July.

Appointment will be made after a process of shortlisting and interview. Interviews will be held week commencing 8 August 2016. Please note that we will not be able to offer feedback on applications to candidates who have not been shortlisted.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact either:

Tony Watkin, Patient Experience Lead, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust – 0117 342 3729, or
Gill Brook, Head of Patient Experience, North Bristol Trust – 0117 414 9064

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Secondment Opportunity with West of England Academic Health Science Network – Enterprise Engagement Co-ordinator

An exciting opportunity has opened at the West of England AHSN to join the Enterprise team on a 12 month secondment to cover maternity leave. The role is for an Enterprise Engagement Co-ordinator, who will be the link person between businesses, the public, healthcare and voluntary sectors and we would like the successful applicant to start in July.

The post-holder will also be responsible for managing the delivery of the Design Together, Live Better programme, one of the main projects being delivered by the Enterprise team. It is a citizen-led design project, aimed at capturing ideas for new innovative products from a citizen’s perspective and connecting citizens and innovators in the design of new products and beta-testing new developments.. Further information about the project can be found on

Please see the job description and person specification below. The West of England AHSN has its main base in the centre of Bristol.

Closing date for application is 9 am Monday 4th July 2016.

We may close this call for applications earlier if we receive a lot of interest.

Please apply by sending your CV and covering letter to

For informal conversations about this role, please contact Nada Khalil 0117 984 1582

All applicants should have the support of your organisation before they apply.

Job Description & Person Specification West of England AHSN Enterprise Engagement Coordinator

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PHWE has new professional co-chair

We are delighted to be able to announce that Julie Hapeshi, has agreed to take on the role of co-chair for People in Health West of England. Julie will be sharing this role with Cathy Rice, our public contributor co-chair. Julie brings to the role a wealth of experience and insights. She is Deputy Director of the Research Design Service (RDS) and of Research & Development at Gloucester Hospitals Trust and a founding member of PHWE. In addition, her RDS role links Julie to the new INVOLVE team. We are all looking forward to working with Julie in her new role as co-chair.

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Join one of the most exciting Patient & Public Involvement initiatives in the West of England – Professional Co-chair

People in Health West of England (PHWE) is a unique initiative promoting innovative and effective public involvement in research and evidence-based service improvement. From its inception People in Health West of England has been co-chaired by a public contributor Cathy Rice and a professional Nicky Williams. Nicky who was Deputy Director of Research and Innovation at North Bristol Trust has now moved on to take up the role of National Director for Support and Delivery of Health and Social Care Research in Wales. We would therefore like to recruit another professional to play the crucial leadership role Nicky has played around public involvement. As well as meeting our needs for a professional co-chair this is an exciting professional development opportunity for the right person.

More information: PHWE Strategy Group – Professional Co-chair Invitation and Role Description If after reading the invitation and role description, you would like to find out more contact David Evans, Academic Lead for the project or telephone 0117 328 8750

Closing date: Expressions of interest outlining what you would bring to the role along with a brief CV (one page maximum) should be sent by Monday 2nd May 2016 to

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Patient Involvement Film

The Support and Treatment After joint Replacement (STAR) research project team shows how patient involvement (not only participation) has been embedded into a research project and how it made a difference.

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