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Local NHS seeks patient leaders to improve local health services

NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling on local patients and organisations to join them in helping to improve local health services.


Patient leaders are those who have lived experience of a health condition. The CCG is encouraging residents in Nottingham City to join a patient leaders programme which will offer the opportunity to work with the City’s doctors and health managers to improve local services. The programme will also include training and developmental support to equip members with the skills needed to work on different projects.

Patients who express an interest to join the programme will become part of a ‘People’s Council’, which is a group that meets to inform, influence and improve local NHS services. In addition to Patient Leaders the CCG is also seeking input from local voluntary and community sector organisations who will also be part of the ‘People’s Council’ to provide advice and guidance on the needs of different communities.

Dr Hugh Porter, GP and Clinical Lead at NHS Nottingham City CCG, said: “We want our patients to play a key role in the development of local services. By working with people who have first-hand experience of living with different conditions, we can make sure that the services we provide reflect what local people need. This programme also enables us to obtain a greater understanding of the communities that we serve.”

The advertisement for patient leaders comes in line with national patient participation week taking place between the 6th to the 11th June, which highlights the work of patient participation groups working with GP practices.

The CCG is introducing a range of schemes that aim to involve local people in decisions made about healthcare in the City. Patients who are interested in joining the programme can apply by submitting an expression of interest. For more information, including how to submit an expression of interest to be a patient leader, visit the CCG’s webpage at:, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 912 3384.

Published: 13 June 2016