Launch of Patient Partner Pioneers

Sussex MSK Partnership East’s (SMSKPE) Patient Forums are now well established and held regularly around the SMSKPE area. With more than 250 attendees to date and many thousands of patient reported experience measures (PREMS) questionnaires returned, we are reaching a high level of patient consultation.

In this third year of the service, we are aiming to increase levels of patient participation through more active involvement. In April, the patient director and three patients from Eastbourne and Heathfield attended the first Patient Partners planning day.

Held at SMSKP Central, this brought together a small group of patients who want to give something back and contribute to improving the quality of the service.

The interactive day covered the role of patients as partners, the planning of activities and opportunities, and identified training and support.

The word ‘partners’ was considered important so that these patients were not seen as representing thousands of others, but working as collaborators through sharing their own life experiences.

Our patient partners chose to name themselves Patient Partner Pioneers and two have already taken part in planning for the physiotherapy improvement pathway.

Since April, another patient has also volunteered to become more involved, bringing the total to four.