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Patient collaboration

Building meaningful collaborative relationships with patients is fundamental to us achieving our aims. 

We recognise that we must do more to develop collaborative relationships with patients and the communities we serve. To support us on this journey we have commissioned the King’s Fund to offer our patients and staff an innovative programme working together to both share knowledge and to support improvements in patient care and experience.

We know that building collaborative relationships is not always easy and requires a significant shift in thinking from all of us. The King’s Fund has put together a unique programme to explore how health care professionals can work collaboratively with patients. 

Who is it for?

This programme has been designed for staff and patients to work together on a shared challenge in pairs and groups of three. Clinicians, managers, patients and service users will learn together how to build productive relationships, exploring how different roles and perspectives can be a constructive force for change.

One half of the pair will be a clinician or manager who wants to find new ways of working with patients - and the other half will be a patient, community-based leader or a voluntary sector manager who wants to find new ways of working with health and care professionals.

We are looking for up to 14 patients and or community, third sector participants and 10 members of staff.

How will you benefit from this programme?

As a patient  you will:

  • Learn how to influence and build constructive relationships with health care professionals
  • Access a practical development opportunity to build your personal
  • leadership and communication skills
  • Join a reflective peer community and work with other patient
  • partners and health care professionals to explore your distinctive
  • leadership role and contribution

By taking part in this programme you will learn in a practical and supportive environment to make progress on a real-time challenge within the organisation. It's an opportunity to build a productive, collaborative relationship with a partner from the programme.

As a member of staff you will:

  • Have the opportunity to build sustainable relationships with patients and health care professionals
  • Develope a collaborative team with a shared experience of learning about what needs to be different
  • Establish a collaborative leadership community that reflects our local community
  • Support to create new models of care that are co-designed with patients and communities

When will the programme start?

The programme will be delivered over five modules  (please make sure you can attend them all):

  • 27 September 2016
  • 9 November 2016
  • 12 December 2016
  • 17 January 2017
  • 15 March 2017

Each module is run from 9am -5 pm. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and a light lunch will be provided.

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in taking part in please get in touch and write a short paragraph about:

  • Why you would like to take part
  • What area you are most interested in. for example cancer, transport etc

Please send completed statements to: by Friday 2 September.


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