Strategic Patient Partners

strategic partnersStrategic Patient Partners (SPPs) provide the highly engaged and strategic patient voice. SPPs have and will emerge through a number of ways such as highly engaged members of the People’s Health Panel, Chairs and Members of PPGs.

SPPs have a keen interested in all aspects of health. They have an established relationship with the CCG, and they are invited to take part in the vast majority of engagement opportunities.

To read the role profile of our Strategic Patient Partner please click here

Two of our SPPs tell us why they got involved below.

John O’Donnell
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I am a retired engineering and marketing executive for the motor industry.

I became involved with the following health related initiatives through my personal family experience:

• Downs Syndrome
• Respiratory Illness
• Special Needs Care
• Palliative and End of Life Care
• Mental Health Care, (particularly Learning Difficulties)
• Alzheimer's and Dementia treatment and care
• Care in the Community particularly, the Patient Experience

Because of my family experiences, I felt there was a need for the patient voice to be represented and so became involved with the following:

• I am a member of my Patient Participation Group at my GP Practice.
• I am a member of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Public Members Research Support Group.
• I am a Strategic Patient Partner of NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG.
• I am an associate member of Solihull Patient Network

It really is my domestic background, as opposed to my professional/working background, that I have become “hooked” on the “poorly patient”, and their need to have a voice. I’m an interested carer, who has found navigating a path through the muddle which is Our NHS, fascinating. But for some patients, it’s frustrating.

I’d like to help change that.

Bernadette Aucott


I retired from the NHS in 2011

After retirement I became a volunteer at University Hospital Birmingham (QE) on the Patient & Carer Council, which involved talking to patients.

I have personal experience of various health issues:

• Cardiac
• Diabetes
• Glaucoma
• Cancer
• Learning difficulties
• End of Life / Bereavement Care
• Respiratory
• Dementia / Alzheimer’s
• Elderly Care

I felt there was a need for the patient voice to be heard, a patient’s viewpoint is not necessarily a clinicians, and so I became involved with the following, hoping to make a difference:

• Hospital Governor
• Vice Chair Patient Participation Group
• Strategic Patient Partner with NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG
• Associate of Solihull Patient Network
Through these organisations I am invited to participate in a number of patient related initiatives and am able to put a patient’s point of view.

I think we need more patient involvement and from a wider range of ages and diversity, in order to fully represent all patients in Birmingham.

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