Patient Panel celebrates first 10 years

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

North Bristol NHS Trust welcomed members – past and present – of its patient panel to a special tea party at Frenchay Hospital to celebrate the panel’s 10th anniversary.

The Patient Panel consists of patients, carers and relatives of patients, who have used the Trust’s hospital services.

By sharing experiences and getting involved in projects that matter, for example improving hospital cleanliness and infection control, working with catering to develop menus and sitting in on interviews to help us recruit the right staff, members help us to improve services and, by definition, patient care.

Sue Jones, Director of Nursing, said: “On behalf of everyone at North Bristol NHS Trust I would like to extend a sincere thank you to every member of the panel who has given up their time over the last ten years to provide us with such invaluable work, opinion, support and advice from a patient’s perspective.

“We enjoy a regular dialogue with members and their reliability and commitment has been fantastic.  We are all looking forward to continuing our partnership before, during and after our big move to the new hospital next year.”

Founder members Shirley Whittard, Brian Davidge and Julie Francis (Chair) were at the tea party.

Shirley said: “I have had more pleasure out of this role than I have in any of the other jobs I have held. I feel that we truly make a difference to the way this organisation operates and that our opinions are valued and respected. Specific projects such as improving the mortuary viewing rooms and contributing to the development of the Matron’s Charter have been particularly fulfilling.”

Brian said: “Members sit on various committees and provide Trust staff with a lay perspective which often brings a different dimension to decision making. Being a member has been very enjoyable and I am very proud of what we’ve managed to achieve.”

Julie said: “The management appreciate our input into the workings of the hospitals. Over the years the panel has made successful contributions in many areas and made a real difference that can be seen.”

Patient panel celebrates 10 years