Have you had treatment from the NHS in Berkshire West for a problem with your muscles, bones or joints?

Article date
4 August 2017
Primary interest

Help the NHS to design better services as a patient representative.

NHS commissioners are looking for people who have used local NHS musculoskeletal services, to share their first-hand experience as patient representatives in a project to design the best possible service for patients with these conditions.

There are around 200 different long-term musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions that affect joints, bones, muscles, soft tissue, ligaments and tendons such as rheumatism, arthritis, back pain and other chronic pain. In the UK, MSK affects 1 in 4 of the adult population (many being young and of working age) – that’s around 9.6 million adults and 12,000 children.

The local NHS commissioners would like to hear from you if you want to help to design cutting-edge MSK services for patients and would be able to give four to six hours each month for the next six months. The commitment would be to join two workshops each month, which will take place Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Successful applicants will need to be confident in discussing their personal experiences and expressing their views in meetings with senior managers and clinicians from across the NHS. The role of patient representative on the MSK project is voluntary, however full expenses will be paid.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a patient representative, would like a copy of the role description or if you would like to apply, please contact Joe Smart, Transformation Lead, Berkshire West CCGs, by email joe.smart@nhs.net.

The closing date for applications is 11 August 2017.

Sarah Morland

As RVA's Partnership Manager, I seek and develop cross-sector partnership opportunities, facilitating communications between the voluntary sector and statutory agencies. I give advice and support on: planning, developing and promoting services and measuring impact.