We must stop seeing patient leaders as an optional, expensive, fortunate and patronised extra , absolutely.
In my blog last week, I mentioned that my next one might be contentious. This is it.
Tonight, Health Service Journal (HSJ) have announced their first list of Patient Leaders. I am stunned to be on it. Plus a little bit anxious and also prouder than I have felt for a long time. Here’s why.
I’ve been on a few lists in my time. I remember the first one of influential women in the NHS. Some of us got a bit of stick for that, as did HSJ – “What about the influential men?” came the cry. Take a look at the top of the NHS, and you will see why there is a need for a list with just women on it. Even more so for Black and Minority Ethnic NHS leaders. Hats off to @NHS_Dean who has been open about changing his mind recently regarding quotas…
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