The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and the East Midlands Patient Public Involvement Senate are continuously looking to recruit new members. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strategic PPI experience to help influence, shape and drive excellent PPI across the East Midlands.  This is a voluntary role supported with expenses and participation payments. 

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Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Senate

The Senate is an senior, experienced, independent body that can help position the East Midlands as a UK centre of excellence for patients, carers and public involvement and leadership.

The PPI Senate does not seek to replace, subordinate or duplicate existing involvement projects and activities; our aim is to collaborate and support NHS Trusts, CCGs and other health organisations by:
  • Providing a region-wide perspective on PPI, identifying and spreading best practice and innovative approaches
  • Offering independent expert advice and constructive challenge
  • Acting as a sounding board and critical friend to new or existing initiatives

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You can also keep up to date with the latest about the development of the Senate by signing up to Public Face, our regular newsletter featuring patient and public involvement updates, guides, volunteering opportunities and resources.

The PPI Senate has produced a pdf"What good PPI should look like" guide. While organisations should have their own definition and strategies in place taking account of published information and guidance on what good PPI should look like, the Senate considers the factors in our guide to be the key areas.

The PPI Senate has a vast range of experiences, expertise and have networks far and wide. Here is a map showcasing their networks pdfEast Midlands PPI Senate Network Map.  Here is a leaflet demonstrating the work that they do pdfPPI Senate Leaflet 2017              

Trish Cargill

Trish is a full time carer who has been part of Patient and Public Involvement at a National, Regional and local level for many years, she has been involved in many projects during this time. She is involved in all aspects of patient carer involvement at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and she Chairs their Patient Partnership Group. She is also involved within the voluntary Sector and Chair the Board of Trustees of the Carers Federation Ltd. Her passion is to have the patient carer voice at the centre of everything.

Paul Midgley


Paul is a patient representative involved in many activities and organisations, these include, NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group, being chair of the Patient Cabinet and vice chair of the Rushcliffe Active group. He is also involved with the Coronary Heart Disease working group at the CCG, plus he's the Patient Participation Group Chair at Musters Medical Practice in West Bridgford. Paul also works full time for NHiS, an NHS Insight company.
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Kirit Mistry
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Kirit is the Co-Chair of the Senate and has significant paid and voluntary sector experience both as a patient and community activist in research and health services. He has particular experience and passion in delivery of equality and diversity particularly Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Previous roles have included Executive Director of Derby and Derbyshire Race and Equality Commission. His current part time role is to promote Organ and Transplant Donations within Derby and Leicester communities. Kirit is a member of his Patient Participation Group, is a Community Champion for Diabetes UK, and has set up Leicestershire's South Asian Diabetes group and Derby Diverse Patients and Communities Health Network. 
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Kamaljeet Pentreath 


Kam joins the Senate with a strong industry background and hopes to translate some of the 'customer centric' approaches to healthcare for improved patient experience and outcomes. She is passionate about using her industry and her current role - running her own training and management consultancy to ensure 'patients and the public are at the heart of everything'. Kam is currently chair of her Patient Participation Group and a member of Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Groups Patient Cabinet, where she has been instrumental in helping the CCG deliver their Transforming Participation Programme. She is keen to ensure the views of all patients inform local healthcare delivery.
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Veronica Price-Job

Veronica works part time as a Commissioning Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council. Amongst her portfolio Veronica has been a Non-Executive for a Primary Care Trust Board and an Independent Lay Representative for the Newark andSherwood & Mansfield and Ashfield CCG. She has been involved with the EMAHSN in the development of its Stroke Pathways and has strong links with agencies and engagement leads delivering health and social care, including the voluntary and community sector. Veronica brings to the Senate both strategic and grass roots delivery of equality, diversity and inclusion particularly in the areas of ethnicity, disability and adult and children and young people services.

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Amanda Roberts

Amanda is passionate about the need for the patient voice at every level throughout healthcare delivery. She helps run the Nottingham Support Group for Carers of Children with Eczema, and is secretary of her GP's patient group. She is a patient representative, sometimes as co-applicant, on several trials including two European funded projects. She is a patient representative with various national and regional research funding bodies as well as community health care groups (like the Primary Care Respiratory Society and an Area Prescribing Committee.
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Mark Russell

Mark Russell

Mark is a patient and carer, the Co-Chair of the Senate, and the Patient representative on Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body and Chair of his General Practice's Patient Participation Group. He chairs/participates in other groups, locally and regionally. Previously he had 33 years NHS experience in various senior manager roles (including as Chief Executive). He operates an Organisational Development Consultancy.
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Des Savage

Des has a background from industry, where he proved his ability by his career success. Progressing from an apprentice, when he was first employed by Vauxhall to the Board of Directors of Vauxhall Motors and Bedford Commercial Vehicles. He was also a Director of General Motors France, Chairman of the UK GM National Dealer Council, a Member of the GM European Product Policy Committee and their Administration and Marketing Committees. He has a Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration Diploma.

He was Chairman of Northamptonshire LINK Board, a Governor of NHFT and a Healthwatch Pathfinder for the Department of Health. He is a Shadow Governor of NGH and a past member of the Northamptonshire Health and Well-Being Board, and the Northamptonshire PCT Board. He is a Member of the County's Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and Northamptonshire Healthwatch Board.
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Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith OBE has a background in local government, bookselling and consultancy. He has been volunteering in patient and public involvement for twelve years in PPI forums, LINks and the transition to Healthwatch. He is a Patient Partner in the University Hospitals of Leicester, a member of the Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland Better Care Together (NHS 5 year plan) PPI Monitoring and Assurance Group and its Communications and Engagement Workstream Group. He is a member of the University of Leicester Advisory Group for the Stronger Voice Research, a member of the Leicester Mercury Patients Forum and his local Patient Participation Group.
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Julie Wolfarth

Julie became involved in PPI after having had cancer treatment in Derby. A passionate advocate for patient involvement, over the last 12 years she has held a variety of roles including Chair of the National User Steering Group for Peer Review, the East Midlands Cancer Network PPI Forum and the Lincolnshire Cancer Patients and Carers Forum. After developing a second primary cancer she swapped her inner city life for a rural existence in Lincolnshire. Prior to taking early retirement in 2008, she was Education Manager at Rolls-Royce plc with responsibility for developing and implementing the company's Education Policy and Strategy.
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Susan Edge 
Susan Edge
Susan is the lay member on Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group with the brief for patient and public involvement. She is also a lay partner for Health Education England across the East Midlands and brings to both these roles experience of involving learners in their provision, and of quality assurance and improvement, gained from a career in the further, adult and work-based learning sector in a variety of organisations both public and voluntary. Being a governor of two primary schools, and a trustee of two charities offers other networks for championing PPI in health and social care.

Mark Underwood

Mark Underwood
Mark was a full-time Carer totalling 15 years, swapping his role within the shipping and forwarding industry to look after aged parents. Having been active within the local community since 2007 with patient representation on the Lincolnshire Cancer Patient & Carers Forum, he gained additional roles working as an Expert By Experience on Care Quality Commission inspections, various United Lincolnshire Hospitals Boards and working groups and is an active participant in his local surgery Patient Participation Group. Mark’s personal experience encompasses various aspects of healthcare including cancer, stroke, pain management, mental health, inpatient and outpatient care. He is also a keen photographer, both for pleasure and business, currently running a part-time social photographic business.