Taking account of the patient and lay person’s view is an integral part of the Academy’s day to day work and is fundamental to helping us achieve our over-arching ambition which is to improve the quality of care. Only by connecting real-world patient experience to the way doctors are educated, trained or conduct medical practice can we improve the service patients receive across the whole of the UK. For this reason, the Academy ensures that patient or lay members are involved as much as possible in its workstreams and projects, as well as having the Academy Patient and Lay Committee (APLC) to work alongside the Academy on its priorities. The APLC also sets its own programme of work highlighting issues on healthcare where greater patient and lay perspective is needed.
The committee membership is drawn from representatives nominated by the Academy member College and Faculties and mirrors the organisation of the Academy Council. The Committee is Chaired by Ros Levenson and managed by Kate Tansley.
To increase the breadth of patient and lay views available to the Academy we also have a Stakeholder Reference group. This is a pool of patients and lay people who are willing to be involved in Academy work as and when it is needed, which can vary from responding to a survey to attending events. Members receive monthly updates detailing the Academy’s latest work with the patient/lay committee, opportunities to input their views, invitations to attend occasional events and join Academy Committees as required. The minimum commitment would require you to consider responding to the occasional email. Any further time spent contributing to the Academy is up to you and the nature of the work. It could be in the form of giving your views on a subject, attending events or joining a more formal committee. To find out more or if you are interested in being part of the Reference Group please see our recruitment advertisement.
The Academy Patient Seminar was an active and engaged event this year for adults, young people and children. The event took place, as much of 2020 did, virtually. In the morning a session ran just for the adults hosted by Ros Levenson, Chair of the Academy Patient and Lay Committee. We are grateful for excellent and very well received presentations from,
The afternoon session was hosted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Attendees heard directly from children and young people regarding their experiences with Test and Trace, difficulties for children and young people accessing medical appointments during the pandemic and how to keep children and young people healthy happy and well during the pandemic.
Representatives from across the medical royal colleges and faculties attended the event, as well members of their patient, public and lay groups, many who are involved in other representative organisations and networks.
It was a very well received event with participants feeding back many positive comments.
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