Public Involvement & Engagement Senate

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Posted on the 23rd April 2017

The North West Coast (NWC) Connected Health City (CHC) has an active public involvement and engagement senate (PIES).

The role of the senate is to have a voice to help the work of the NWC CHC, ensuring the patient voice is represented in the region’s health improvement projects.  Members of the senate represent the views and experiences of patients and members of the public from across the NWC.

It is important that those professionals working on the NWC CHC programme to understand the views of patients, carers, families and the general public, with regard to the use of patient data within the NHS and social care services and perhaps beyond.  We want to hear what the public have to say and ensure our work is relevant and appropriate to their needs.

Joining the senate is easy and the amount of involvement can be as much or as little as our members like. Currently some members attend meetings, and others also complete questionnaires and telephone interviews, assist with editing documents and approving websites via email.  The amount of time our volunteers dedicate to the work of the senate is up to them.

Patient and public representatives are also getting involved in other work within the Innovation Agency.  See role descriptions for the senate members below.

If you live in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or South Cumbria and want to get involved or find out more about how you can have your say about the future of health and social care please contact Debbie Parkinson at or telephone 01772 520250.

The names and responsibilities of the senate’s members are:

  • John Roberts, (Patient)  Senate Chair  (Innovation Exchange panel member)
  • Debbie Parkinson, Innovation Agency NWC Patient and Public Involvement Lead
  •   Michael Boardman, Patient Advocate Brain Injury
  •   Andy Lavender Patient Rep Countess of Chester Hospital  (Judge for the BMJ Awards 2017)
  •   Michelle Taylor, Patient Rep, Blackpool Royal Hospital
  •   Hazel Hammond Patient Rep Chorley Hospital
  •   Kevin Wilson Patient Rep Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (Representative on Patient Safety steering group)
  •   Jim Organ, Patient Rep Preston Royal Hospital (AHSN Network patient representative)
  •   Lynne Owens, Patient Advocate, Alcohol
  •   John Black, Patient Rep COPD (Interviewer for job roles within Innovation Agency)
  •   Simon Dawson, Patient Rep COPD
  •   Alison Brooke, Patient Advocate, Liverpool CCG
  •   Ray Murphy, Patient Rep Cancer (patient representative for CHC citizen jury workshop)
  •   Sam Omar, Patient Rep Mental Health (Innovation Exchange panel member)
  •   Katie Merrick, Patient Advocate COPD
  •   Eula Hersey, Patient Advocate Dementia (Hackathon Judge)
  •   Karen Machin, Patient Rep Mental Health
  •   Kenny Lawler, Patient Advocate, Alcohol (Interviewer for job roles within Innovation Agency)
  •   Helen Fessey, Patient Carer and Mental Health
  •   Jake Mills, Student patient, Cancer

Read a blog post by one of our senate reps here

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