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Join our Patient Safety Collaborative Board as a public contributor

The West of England’s Patient Safety Collaborative Board is looking for at least two public contributors to help shape our work and reflect patient views and experiences.

Who are we and what do we do?

The West of England Patient Safety Collaborative is one of fifteen across the country. Each Patient Safety Collaborative (known as a PSC) is supported by an Academic Health Science Network (known as an AHSN). Read our plain English summary about the West of England AHSN.

Our current patient safety work, which is overseen by the board, is focused around five areas:

  • people who may be at risk of becoming unwell,
  • mothers and babies,
  • safe handling of medication,
  • supporting people with a mental health diagnosis,
  • and adopting and spreading good ideas that have been proven to work in other places.

Find out more about our patient safety work.

Our work is highly regarded across the West of England and beyond. We have been extremely successful in reacting to things that are most important locally, and have delivered several ground-breaking, area-wide projects. Many of the improvements started in our area have been shared and put in place throughout the country. We have most recently been shortlisted for six HSJ 2021 Patient Safety Awards. Read about our shortlisted projects.

You can read more about our work in our latest annual review: Impact review 2020-21: transforming lives through innovation.

What does the board do?

The Patient Safety Collaborative Board is made up of representatives from many of the NHS providers and commissioners across the region, including hospitals, mental health and community organisations, the ambulance service, primary care and clinical commissioning groups. It brings together local patients and healthcare staff, all driven by a shared vision to bring about improvements to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people in the care of our health services.

It is important to us that the board includes people who have experience of using services in our work and decision-making. Listening to, and working with people who have experience of our services including their families, will help make sure that these improvements focus on what matters most to people who use them.

What kind of things does the board discuss?

At a recent meeting the board received a presentation from Noshin Menzies, Senior Project Manager on reducing health inequalities. To get a flavour of our meetings, watch Noshin’s presentation.

The board also received a presentation from NHS England’s Dr Matt Inada Kim, National Clinical Director, in October 2020 on Virtual Wards. You can watch Matt’s presentation here.

What does a public contributor do? How does the role work?

You can find out what being a public contributor involves, what the board does (and where and how it meets) and how you’ll be compensated for your time in our public contributor role profile. You can download the role profile here.

I am interesting in being a public contributor – what happens next?

This is not a recruitment process but the start of a conversation. Initially we’re asking anyone interested to email Programme Manager, Nathalie Delaney: nathalie.delaney@nhs.net. After contacting Nathalie we’ll send a simple form for your completion.

Once we have your contact details and some basic information, we will offer opportunities for informal discussion, and invite interested parties to a small group discussion (either virtually, or subject to government guidance face-to-face). This is likely to be towards the end of September.

So you can decide if this role is for you, we will also offer the opportunity to come to the 6 October Patient Safety Collaborative Board meeting (to be held virtually), after which we can mutually decide if you would like to join the board.

We’re hoping to offer public contributor roles to at least two people so together they reflect broad patient experiences and can support and learn from each other.

If you have any questions, or would like to submit your interest in joining our board, please get in touch with Nathalie Delaney: nathalie.delaney@nhs.net.