Reading resident Carol Munt has been recognised by the respected Health Service Journal (HSJ) as one of their top 50 ‘Patient Leaders’ in England. Carol is now encouraging others in Reading to get involved with their local NHS organisations.
Carol explains; “I believe that the NHS is a valuable National asset and it must stay close to its origins as a public service. Yet the service also needs to adapt as demands on it increase. The choices our health commissioners make are influenced by patients, and we need more people to come forward and get involved.
Although Carol is heavily involved in many areas of the NHS, she says patient involvement needn’t take a huge amount of time to make a difference. “For instance, there’s a chance to discuss the new Berkshire West primary care strategy with local doctors on 21st July. People can also join their local patient participation groups. Most GP surgeries have one; simply ask one of the practice staff.”
To find out more about the July annual meeting visit www.nwreadingccg.nhs.uk or call the patient involvement team on 01189 822709. South Reading CCG hosts an annual meeting and public engagement event later this year in September.
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Notes for editors
- HSJ’s Patient Leaders top 50 list was agreed by a national expert panel. Further information can be found at www.hsj.co.uk
- Carol Munt is currently: Co-Chair NHS Thames Valley Patient Experience Strategy Group; Patient Leader NHS TV SCN Oversight Group, and NHS HETV Partnership Council; Patient representative Oxford AHSN Clinical Innovation Adoption group and National AHSN Network of Networks; Patient Member Physician Associate Joint Project Team (University of Reading).
- A high resolution image of Carol is available here.