We are recruiting new members to join our established East Midlands Patient Public Involvement (PPI) Senate. This is an exciting opportunity for patients, carers and the public to help the adoption and spread of excellent PPI across our region. 

We welcome applications from people with the following experience, skills and qualities:
  • Sound knowledge of the PPI/Patient Leadership/Co-production agenda 
  • Sound strategic PPI experience and the ability to influence the PPI agenda in a supportive way 
  • Links with local/regional/national health and care systems
  • Links with other patient and communty groups
  • Ability to bring own lived experience and also advocate the experiences and views of underserved and seldom heard groups
To ensure our PPI Senate reflects the diversity across East Midlands, we encourage applications from Derby/shire, Northampton/shire and people from LGBT+, long term conditions, disabilities and BAME backgrounds who are currently under-represented.
This is a voluntary role supported with expenses and participation payments.

Download the Senate Role Description & Application Form

Download the most recent full PPI Senate meeting papers and East Midlands PPI Senate Summary Notes 5 September 2018 FINAL.
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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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The PPI Senate has produced a '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 East Midlands PPI Senate Network Map.  Here is a leaflet demonstrating the work that they do PPI Senate Leaflet 2017              

Khudeja Amer-Sharif 

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Khudeja has over 30 years of experience in leadership roles within the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector in which she continues to work; leading on innovation, service improvement and addressing health inequalities. As a part-time carer, she understands the challenges that patients and carers face and is passionate about ensuring the patient voice is heard. Since 2011 she has been actively involved in promoting the patient voice through a number of Lay roles. She serves on several Boards as a patient representative with University Hospitals Leicester, the Leicester Leicester/Shire Strategic Medicines Group and nationally for NHS England as a member of the GP Online Services Stakeholder Forum and on the NHS Improvement Safety Team.
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Robin Ash 

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Robin Ash is profoundly Deaf and uses British Sign Language. He is a member of staff of the British Deaf Association and works closely with Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users in the East Midlands. With his support Deaf people have been able to form Deaf Forums and have started to actively participate in various mainstream patient forums. Robin is passionate in ensuring Deaf people’s voices are heard. Deaf people have often been overlooked and marginalised and therefore do not fully understand what they are entitled to. It has been one of Robin’s aims to ensure Deaf people have access to information in an accessible format. Robin has been instrumental in forming several BSL partnership groups with Health providers, CCG’s and Healthwatch so that there is a forum for issues faced by Deaf people to be raised. In 2013, Robin was invited to the Queens Garden Party in recognition of the tireless work he has done to raise the profile of Deaf people.
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Susan Edge
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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.
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Pam Henderson

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Pam joins the Senate with a strong background in Health, Education and Social Care. She has lectured in Further & Higher Education and helped establish school provision in Lincolnshire for sight impaired children (0 – 19 years) and services for pre-school families and babies in their own homes. Pam established a charity 30 years ago for sight impaired children and their families, which is still going strong. She has been a consultant and advisor at the Lincoln University and schools throughout Lincolnshire to ensure people with visual impairment can access the curriculum. Pam is passionate about the involvement of patients in all aspects of their health and care needs. She is an active member of the Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups Patient Council, is a patient representative with the Lincolnshire West CCG Quality and Patient Experience Committee. She is an active Chair of the PPG at Nettleham Medical Practice and runs awareness sessions for patients in several villages covering various medical issues, highlighting the need for patient and public involvement in all health and care services. Pam describes herself as being a practical, positive person and is pro-active in ensuring all patients are given the opportunity to access and be involved in their own care and health needs.
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Tony Locock 

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Tony is passionate about the provision of patient centric healthcare. He is a Governor of Northants NHS Foundation Trust where he Chairs the Membership and Governance Committee, he’s a Trustee/Director for a local MIND and Secretary for the HMRC Branch of Benenden Health Care (The largest Healthcare mutual in the U.K.)

Tony has a background in the Public Sector and Trade Unionism. Joining the Inland Revenue straight from school he moved from tax administration to varied aspects of business strategy and management including Human Resources, Communications and Information Technology. He also spent a period of 10 years working for the Trade Union representing Inland Revenue employees negotiating terms and conditions. Following a successful career in the Public Service he set up and ran his own restaurant.”
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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

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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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Mandy Rudczenko 

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Mandy used to work as a mental health nurse and adult education tutor. She set up groups in community colleges for people with mental health needs, which were co-designed by the members. Mandy has become an active campaigner for co-production, person-centred care, and self-management of long term conditions. As a member of the Co-Production Team with the Coalition for Collaborative Care (a national organisation to improve the lives of people with long term conditions), Mandy has contributed to the design and co-production of many NHS projects. Mandy has also served as an Expert by Experience on NHS England’s Five Year Forward View People and Communities Board. In this role Mandy helped to co-design the ‘six principles for engaging people and communities’.
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Mark Russell

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Mark is a patient and carer, the Co-Chair of the Senate, the Lay Member (Public and Patient Engagement) representative on the Governing Body of Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) , Chair of Patient Reference Group of Nottingham West CCG, a member of the Citizens Advisory Group to Greater Nottingham Transformation Partners 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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Anna Severwright

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Anna lives with multiple long term conditions, which significantly impact her life and also mean she now uses a wheelchair. She brings her experience and knowledge of using health and social care to try to improve the experience of others. Anna has been a member of the Coalition for Collaborative Care’s (C4CC) co-production team for 3 years and is now also the co-chair of C4CC. C4CC was set up to improve care for people with long term conditions and increase the use of person-centred care. Anna is also a patient partner with University Hospitals of Leicester Trust, sitting on a few boards and ensuring the patient voice is heard. Anna wants co-production to become ‘the norm’, harnessing the expertise of people using services to improve the quality, efficiency and people’s experience of them. Previously she qualified as a doctor in 2011 but had to stop practicing medicine due to her declining health.

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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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Mark Underwood

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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.
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